Several weeks later the camp would be cleared for the second time, and the people taken to military hotspot camps around the country or deported back to Turkey. None of the plans adopted by the EU and Turkey have seemed to work as roughly 57,000 people still remain trapped in Greece under strained conditions, some locked in cages on the islands, as well as the almost 3 million Syrian refugees that inhabit over-crowded camps in Turkey. The boats continue to arrive across the mediterranean.
They are a generation of people who feel abandoned, as senseless geo-political games & economic greed that created the environments they fled from continue. To make matters worse there are repeated threats of deportation to mainly Afghan nationals as their country is defined as “safe” to return to, putting countless lives at severe risk. The rest of non-priority nationalities continue to be marginalised as they always have been. One thing was made very clear; denying safety and asylum to those who need it will just fuel criminal activity and the exploitation of refugees, only emphasising the problem by creating strained social conditions. Dumping them into an economically bankrupt country like Greece, or an increasingly unsafe one such as Turkey will pro-long these issues and continue to seriously harm the well-being of hundreds of thousands of people. Families continue to search for a situation that provides the dignity and safety that all ordinary people of this planet deserve, especially when fleeing a brutal war.
Some of the underlying issues of global inequality, resource exploitation [neocolonialism], and systemic corruption are ones to be taken more seriously if mass movements of refugees are to be balanced and maintained. This is something that should be focused on in Europe as we continue to apply pressure onto our governments in taking in our fair share of people, and recognising that cost-efficent and manageable ways to accommodate them do exist, if only the financial priorities of European (or UK) governments would allow it. Those fleeing are not an unmanageable swarm as most are seeking refuge in neighbouring countries like Lebanon or Jordan, and even 250,000 refugees spread across the continent is, relatively speaking, a drop in the ocean. It's also important to keep in mind that for most people this isn't a choice and they don't actually want to leave their homes, nor are they travelling thousands of gruelling miles just to come for our benefits. Most of those I spoke with were dreaming of returning back to their home countries, if only the conditions were safer, less exploitative, or to a standard of society you would see in the developed world. They often had no choice but to leave or they would literally die, if not of war or persecution, then of poverty.
An awareness should be maintained to tackle the underlying issues if we want any long-term resolve, all the while empowering and safe-guarding the lives of people who have shown us everything admirable of the human spirit. For them, and everyone else, this can't just be seen as a humanitarian issue alone when it's so intrinsically linked to the state of political world affairs, and the failed foreign policies, that have helped proliferate the fracturing and the violence in many of these countries, often without any foresight of what comes next. The goal is maintaining geo-strategic influence, often with the wrong people, for entirely the wrong reasons. The refugee crisis is fundamentally political in it's nature and it's causes, and to ignore this, and to deny agency and a voice to refugee communities fleeing these problems, will not improve their current situation nor tackle the causes.
Those fleeing war and poverty have important insights that need to be listened to, and experiences that shed more light on the damaging nature of how the current system is maintained here and abroad, of which all ordinary people fall victim to. If we want to work at resolving the causes together we need good dialogue and understanding between communities and cultures, to show solidarity, to never allow one person to be treated as you may have been if you were unlucky enough to be born in a turbulent part of the world. There are still practical ways we can help with grassroots organisations on the ground, and by contributing towards wider political and economical solutions that work against greed, racism, war and global inequality - in the hope that we can shape a society where we would treat traumatised victims of war as valued members of our own family, and not as one Syrian friend put it: "the burden of the world".