Solving the world's refugee problem
EuropeNews 20 June 2012
By Nicolai Sennels
Pia Prytz Phiri, Regional leader of UNHCR in Baltikum og and Scandinavia, and Andreas Kamm, general secretary of Danish Refugee Help, wants Europe to take more refugees . They think that the refugee debate are being negatively influenced by a populists and by EU countries' wish for national borders. But by letting more refugees into Europe we will actually worsen the problem. According to UNHCR, a the costs of helping a refugee locally in a a neighbouring area is only 42 USD per year. The costs for having a refugee in Denmark is 42,000 USD. It is simply unethically to help one person instead of a thousand, even if that one person will have a living standard much higher that he or she is used to.
Refugees are a symptom, and it is a shame that influential persons such as Phiri and Kamm do not mention the underlying causes: Overpopulation and violence motivated by Islam.
Overpopulation causes negative changes in the climate and environment, and shortage of food, clean water and pastures - which again causes violent conflicts over resources. It is clear that the more than 120 billion USD that rich and mainly Western countries donate to the developing countries and corrupt regimes yearly, have not been able to diminish the problems with hunger, poverty, violence and lack of democracy and education. If we want progress there is no way around limiting the amount of births. We need to use foreign aid to directly pay poor people in poor and overpopulated areas for having less children. A few dollars a week makes a crucial difference in those parts of the world and in that way they will not need to have a lot of children in order to secure their own old age. They will be able to feed and educate the few children that they get and in this way their societies will have the educated and nourished middle class that is the basis for functioning economies and democracies. The Nobel Prize winning micro credit system has proven that it is possible to distribute small amounts in areas with no or very little infrastructure. Both malnourishment and cousin marriages can harm childrens' brain and starving and uneducated people are not good democrats and they seem to tend to seek protection and easy explanations and solutions in fanatic religions - giving power to the violent aspects of Islam.
Eight out of the ten of the ongoing
conflicts with more than a thousand killed per year have
followers of Islam on one or several sides. The two only
non-Islam related conflicts happen over drugs in Latin America.
And as Phiri and Kamm points out, most of this world's refugees
come from Muslim countries.
If we want to solve the world's refugee problem we need to
counter overpopulation and win the war on Islamic terror and
violence. Opening our borders will solve nothing, only encourage
the fanatics trying to Islamize our continent by creating still
more refugees seeking North and West.