Refugees’ problem

by 018 Saya on November 26, 2015 - 1:06am

     Recently, a lot of serious problems have been happening all over the world. Do you know anything about refugees? I think the refugees’ problem is the most serious problem. I think most of the young people don’t know much about the problem. Actually, I didn’t know anything about it. That’s why I focused on the refugees from Syria, and researched about their present circumstance, so I will mention about it. And also, I will tell you about Japanese Prime Minister’s opinion and my opinion.

 

     First of all, I would like to tell you about the present circumstance of Syrian refugees. About four and half years have passed since a conflict has begun in Syria. According to “Syria Regional Refugee Response”, the number of refugees exceeds to 4,000,000, but 7,600,000 people are still in Syria, because they had no way to leave their own country. More than half of the population became refugees. The refugees flooded into the neighborhood countries, for example, turkey and Lebanon. Many of them wanted to go to Europe, so they were heading to Europe. However, I found an article from “International organization for migration,” and it said that a lot of rollover accidents happened in succession on their way to Europe. Many people including Syrian refugees were killed in the accidents, and the death toll has reached 2000 people. Only 6 percent of the refugees could get to Europe. Although only few Syrian could get there too, according to “UNHCR Global trends,” 98,000 people could flee from the civil war to Germany, 64,000 people went to Sweden, 18,000 people went to Austria, and 7000 people took shelter from the war in the United Kingdom. It means an inflow of Syrians to each country are not few. Germany recognized 87 percent and more people and the United Kingdom also recognized 91 percent and more people as refugees, and the two countries were protecting them. This is the present circumstance of the refugees.

 

     Secondly, I would like to tell you about Japanese government’s opinions about the refugees. According to “The Big Story,” the Japanese Prime Minister, Abe decided that Japan will provide $1.5 billion in emergency aid for refugees and for stabilization of communities facing upheaval. He said that "As an issue of demography, I would say that before accepting immigrants or refugees we need to have more activities by women, by elderly people and we must raise (the) birth rate. There are many things that we should do before accepting immigrants." Although 63 Syrian people made an application to the Japanese government for refugee approval, Japan authorized only 3 people as refugees. According to “Tokyo web,” Japanese supporters of the refugees said that Japanese certification criteria is too strict. A man who came from Syria applied for refugee approval to the Japanese government. Before he came to Japan, he took part in a demonstration of democratic movement, but he was afraid of persecution of political power. That’s why he came to Japan. However, the Japanese government judged that he didn't apply to the condition, so his application was not recognized. The supporters said that the government should accept the refugees as a member of international society, and they should work for the protection of refugees.

 

     Finally, I am going to tell you about my opinion about the refugees. As I mentioned Prime Minister Abe’s opinion above, he will provide money for the refugees, but before Japan help the refugees, the government has to solve domestic problems. I agree with his opinion, because Japan has a lot of problems which should be solved quickly. I know that we have to help each other when we have a trouble, but at first, we have to consider about our life. Moreover, I think Japan is not ready for the refugees’ acceptation. A number of lobar in Japan is decreasing now, so I think it is a good idea that the refugees can work in Japan. However, I think many of the refugees cannot speak Japanese. If they don’t know the language, it is very difficult to find a job. Then, if they couldn’t find a job, maybe some of them commit a crime for money. It means a number of crime will be increase. I think it’s dangerous. For these reasons, I agree with Prime Minister Abe’s opinion.

 

     In conclusion, Syrian refugees’ problem is very serious problem all over the world. Each countries has its problems, so I think it’s very difficult to solve refugees’ problem quickly. The number of refugees is increasing even now, although the number of countries which accept them are also increasing, the refugees still have problems. When and who can solve this problem? I cannot answer the question because it’s a very difficult question for me. That’s why I’m going to think what I can do for the refugees from now on.

 

Reference

Syria Regional Response/UNHCR(2015/8/25)

http://data.unhcr.org/syrianrefugees/regional.php

IOM Continues to Monitor Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals and Deaths/IOM(2015/08/25)

http://www.iom.int/news/iom-continues-monitor-mediterranean-migrant-arrivals-and-deaths

UNHCR Global Trends 2014/UNHCR(2015/06/18)

http://unhcr.org/556725e69.html

Resettlement and Other Forms of Admission for Syrian Refugees/UNHCR(2015/08/18)

http://www.unhcr.org/52b2febafc5.html

Tokyo Web (2015/11/06)

http://www.tokyo-np.co.jp/article/national/list/201511/CK2015110602000138.html

Asahi Shinbun(2015/10/29)

http://www.asahi.com/english/articles/AJ201510290049.html

 

 

Comments

Do you believe Japan, as a stable, developed country, has a responsibility to accept a large number of refugees?

Hello!

I thought this article was very well written, but I had some questions about when you mentioned that Prime Minister Abe implied Japan had many domestic problems. As I'm not too familiar with Japanese culture or life, I was wondering what these aforementioned problems are, and how they would effect refugees.

Hello!

Thank you for your comment. I'm very happy, because it seeems that you could understand the contents of my article. I would like to answer your questions. About Japanese domestic problems, there are problem of reconstruction of a disaster-stricken town, aging poplation with a declining birthrate problem, and so on. Japanese government has to solve these problems first, and solving the problems need money, so they don't have much money to save the refugees.

Hello Saya - I really respect what you're saying, but just to challenge you: Doesn't every country in the world have its own internal problems with population, unemployment, etc? If every country says "Sorry, we would like to take in refugees, but we just can't," then who will help the refugees?

Good day Saya,
I would to congratulate you on this entry. I believe you did very good research on the topic. I also think that it is important to put our attention on international problems such as this one. You are right to say that the refugee crisis is important and must be addressed, moreover I believe that it was a good point to bring up the opinion of the prime minister of your country and comment on it. I noticed how well informed you were on the subject, the facts that you brought and the numbers that you showed are very interesting and important. However, I believe that you are missing some of the factors about the arrival of these people themselves. You indicated what were the problems that could come up if Japan lets refugees inside their country, however there might also be benefits. Even now a lot of experts are defending that the arrival of these new immigrants will be a benefit for the economy of those countries that will take the risk of sheltering them. In 2016, Canada will experience a great boost of Syrian refugees. Although, this boost is believed to cost around 1.2 billion dollars to the Canadian government over the next 6 years, experts believe that in the long run these people will boost the Canadian economy by a lot. The last time Canada took over 70,000 refugees, the results were greatly positive. Within a period of 10 years after their arrival, the group of refugees had 2.3% lower unemployment rate than the one of Canada as a whole, these people relied less on social assistance help and 1 person out of 5 had started their own business!

Reference
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/11/26/refugees-economy-canada_n_865807...

Thank you for your comment. It was very difficult for me to research this topic and to tell my opinion for it. I was worried about my English, but it seems that you are understanding what I want to say. That’s why I’m really happy. I didn’t know that Canada will experience a great boost of Syrian refugees this year. I think Canada is the best country for refugees.

Don`t worry, I believe that you did a good research on the topic and it was a great idea to implicate the government`s opinion in your article. I`m happy that I made you learn some new information!

Good day Saya,
I would to congratulate you on this entry. I believe you did very good research on the topic. I also think that it is important to put our attention on international problems such as this one. You are right to say that the refugee crisis is important and must be addressed, moreover I believe that it was a good point to bring up the opinion of the prime minister of your country and comment on it. I noticed how well informed you were on the subject, the facts that you brought and the numbers that you showed are very interesting and important. However, I believe that you are missing some of the factors about the arrival of these people themselves. You indicated what were the problems that could come up if Japan lets refugees inside their country, however there might also be benefits. Even now a lot of experts are defending that the arrival of these new immigrants will be a benefit for the economy of those countries that will take the risk of sheltering them. In 2016, Canada will experience a great boost of Syrian refugees. Although, this boost is believed to cost around 1.2 billion dollars to the Canadian government over the next 6 years, experts believe that in the long run these people will boost the Canadian economy by a lot. The last time Canada took over 70,000 refugees, the results were greatly positive. Within a period of 10 years after their arrival, the group of refugees had 2.3% lower unemployment rate than the one of Canada as a whole, these people relied less on social assistance help and 1 person out of 5 had started their own business!

Reference
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/11/26/refugees-economy-canada_n_865807...

First of all, that is a really good article! It is very interesting to have a different perspective on the Syrian refugees since we do not hear much about other countries outside of Europe on the subject. Your summary of the events is really well written and helps us out understanding this important international problem.
In your article, you mentioned an important aspect of the refugees’ integration: the language barrier. Any outsider has this huge obstacle when coming into a different country.
I want to tell you a little bit about my own perceptive on that subject as a Montrealer. Here, in Canada, we have two official languages: English and French. In the province of Quebec, we have a particular law named “loi 101”, which protects the French language. This law says to immigrants that they have to learn French if they want to settle in Quebec.
So, when the Quebec government decided to welcome 7300 refugees at the end of 2015, they put a point of honor for them to learn French as they come into the country. Indeed, they installed easy access to French education for all Syrian refugees. Therefore, it will make their integration into their working life a lot easier. I think welcoming Syrian refugees into our country is a challenge, for sure, but it should not be problematic. As you said, we have to help each other out and this good deed shouldn’t be a nuisance for our own population.
If you want, here are two articles from my country about the refugees’ integration. The first one is in English and the second one is in French:
1- From CBC News: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/quebec-syrian-refugees-french-lan...
2- From Radio-Canada: http://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/politique/2015/11/26/002-refugies-s...

Thank you for your comment. I didn’t know much about Canada, so of course I didn’t know that Canada has two official languages. I think the law is very unique. I have never learned French, so I don’t know how difficult to study it. However, I think many refugees will study it if they are accepted to settle in Quebec. I think maybe your country is the best place for refugees. Thank you for your suggestion. I will read the two articles.

First off, the post caught my eye because of the title which mentions the crisis that these people must go through and have been going through for a while already. Obviously it is not an easy thing to go through because when you have to run from your home it seems scary but what about running from your own country. The civil war is why the conflict started and yes there are many factors included in the world for civil wars to happen but I believe this is one of the biggest problem that we have all the money we can have but we are not even able to help these human beings that want nothing but a chance to live. In this article; http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-26116868, they mention all the same points and how the civil war was caused and all of its outcomes. The general idea of the summary you posted is great but I would mention a bit more of the jihads in the sense that they are the main reason we are scared of the refugees. We think that they have people in there that will turn to terrorists once they come in the country and that is why people do not tend to accept the fact that people want to come in the country with open arms.

Thank you for your comment. You said that “We think that they have people in there that will turn to terrorists once they come in the country and that is why people do not tend to accept the fact that people want to come in the country with open arms.” I agree with your opinion. If my country accept many refugees from Syria, I’m scared of the refugees because of the reason.

About the author

My name is Saya.
I`m from Okinawa. Okinawa is south of Japan.
I live in Hyogo now. Hyogo is near Osaka in Jjapan.
My birthday is March 18th.
I`m a student of Kansai University of International Studies
I joined the volley ball club for 10 years.