Iraqis, the Forgotten Migrants

by Nao Emzed on September 9, 2015 - 6:03pm

As most of you, I've seen the image of Aylan, only three years of age, lying on a Morrocan beach. This powerful image, summarizing the cruelty of the inhumane reality of the Syrian migrants, made me realize how lucky I was. But what about the migrants from the others countries, the ones in the shadow of the Syrian crisis? This entry is dedicated to them, as I'll review a "New-York Times" article on the Iraqis migrants.

To start, since mid-August, the International Organization for Migration reports that more than 250 migrants leave Iraq every day. It seems like the falling price of oil, the omnipresent menace of the Islamic State militants and the constant threats made by militias affect the people so much that they're left with no other choice than to risk everything and search for a better future, mostly in Germany and in Belgium. Also, it's the false promises of democracy by the political elite that encourage the younger ones to leave; they see no future in a country devastated by many years wars, now struggling to reconstruct itself. 

Even if they have to face huge difficulties (being far from their loved ones, arriving with nothing, having to learn another language quickly), the Iraqis refugees of Europe seem happy with their situation (in Germany, especially, where huge efforts have been made in order to welcome them). Migrants can now contact their family and friends still in Iraq via social applications, such as Viber. 

Migration has now once again become a national preoccupation in Iraq. As a matter of fact, many protests acclaim Angela Merkel for the German help and denounce the inactivity of the Iraqi government. 

To conclude, this article peeked my attention because the migrants represent an issue here as well, as it's recently become a political platform for this autumn federal election.



I had the same feeling as you while seeing the troubling images of the boy named Alyan found on the shore. We are lucky in our society to be free and treated in a fair way. I found admirable that 30 people recreated Alyan Kurdi's death to honor his death. This moment will be remembered throughout history and I hope it will sensitize people to take action to help improve worldwide freedom.

I can’t imagine the difficulty in having to leave your home country in search for a foreign land. It must be terrifying to be separated from your entire family and to enter a completely new society. However, there are also situations where things do turn out for the better. Here is one about a Syrian family that takes refuge in British Columbia: