In 2015 more than a million refugees and migrant people crossed the borders of Europe and Europe was really not prepared for it. It has created a classic case of talking a good game, but really not being prepared to cope with the difficulties that have been the result of this mass migration.
Yes, the people are largely displaced, honest and hurting by virtue of what is going on in Syria. If your home, your city and your entire existence is totally destroyed by war, you will do anything you can to survive.
Plus the fact that there is no easy way for any society to adequately come up with easy solutions to a crisis of the magnitude that has been occurring. Arrangements have to be made for housing, food, medical help and all of the other logistic needs that such a large group requires.
The real threat is the possibility of terrorists being among the group as there is photographic documentation of ISIS leaders being among some of the groups of people coming in. What does that fact foretell for the future of any area with such a crisis that is ongoing?
Most of the people came by water on the sea, but many also were able to come into Europe by land, mainly through Turkey and Albania. It is one thing to help people and reach out to them, but it complicates matters when incidents like the shootings in the Paris nightclub occur and other terrorist actions loom as possibilities.
Countries have borders for a reason, and it is not just to punish others who may or may not be as fortunate as you. To level down the more successful countries in a way so as to make everyone more equal is not the answer.
There have always been inept leadership in countries throughout history that have caused populations to suffer, but to blindly accept the theory that if you live in a successful country, you should decrease your success and immediately accommodate everyone else, regardless of their abilities or intentions.
From a practical standpoint, that just doesn’t work because in the end you wind up with not just one impoverished country, but two when the invaded country runs out of resources because of the unplanned “peaceful” invasion.
While it is so that these huge populations of migrating people are desperate, countries should not be expected to blindly take in mass populations without having the opportunity to prepare for the onslaught.
It is also interesting to note that Arab countries such as Saudia Arabia, which has the means and the capital to be of great assistance in this matter, staunchly refuses to have anything to do with helping any of these people.
Of course, Europe is much closer to the problem, so they get the first stop of desperate populations seeking refuge. But in this modern age of travel, transporting people is not the problem.
What make the issue especially sad is that the entire problem is politically driven and should not have happened in the first place.