I got another reply to my post on "Doing the Right and Just Thing". "We will find a way," Buckshot34 started, quoting me. I was glad. He went on:
“It would help if they had a plan to completely pay for themselves from day one without hitting the European taxpayers and not get there and immediately say I need. It might help if they could blend in without degrading the employment opportunities and pay scales of the indigenous European unskilled labor force. It might help if they tried to blend in and not try to insert Islamic holidays into school and work schedules and perhaps loose the headscarf.”
What a nice constructive comment that is! Unfortunately, you don't get such comments too often these days. It's generally a stone being hurled at your head whenever you speak out on something controversial.
Here is my answer:
You are right. It would help if migrants had a plan to completely pay for themselves from day one without hitting the European taxpayers and not get there and immediately say I need. But don't you think that it would help, in the first place, not to force them to use up all their money on human smugglers, wasting time and exhausting themselves trying to cross borders just to get somewhere? If we, that is governments removed the visa requirements, these people could just get on a plane for a couple of hundred bucks and have money in their pockets to pay for their expenses, have the energy to contribute to society etc. What's more, if visas were lifted, only one person from a family could do the journey to have a look first. The rest of the family could stay behind “tranquil” (as tranquil as you can be in a warzone that is) in the knowledge that they could get on a plane and escape anytime.
Celte71 here talked about a documentary shown on French TV that told the story of the 30 year-old Samir from Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan and his family's journey. Samir sold all his belongings, borrowed money and they worked their way through Turkey, Greece, the Balkans, reaching Germany. He used up 30.000 Euros to do this “trip”!
I quote what happened when they reached Germany: “Samir was well looked after by the authorities in Germany but realised that finding his way in this totally foreign environment would be much, much harder than he anticipated and that most of the wealth on display would remain inaccessible to him for ever.”
So he decided to return home. He was resentful. I'd say quite naturally. Who would be fine returning home in worse conditions than they've left, with so much loss and debt and being beaten around?
You know how the documentary ended?
“With Samir's wife saying to the reporter that the best thing that could happen today would be for Europe to close its borders so that people like them would no longer be tempted to invest so much in such a stupid adventure.”
I mean... If this wasn't an orchestrated ending by the director having an agenda to convey a message, it shows me how people are indoctrinated and blinded!
Because the exact same thing could have been achieved with my proposal: Global lifting of visas, waiving visas. There would be no need for people to sell everything they had and borrow money and set out on an unknown, immensely challenging journey, they could just buy a ticket wherever they wanted to go. As I said, even just one person in the family could go to check the place out. S/he could assess the situation and then take due action. Think of all the money that could be saved on “our” side too, all the money saved from all the controls and blocks trying to keep people out... That could be used for a much more useful purpose.
Celte71's conclusion was: “Watching this, I couldn't help but think that apart from effectively closing borders, the EU would be well advised to invest money in a multi-lingual website explaining how things work when they arrive in Europe and using testimonials like this one so that fewer people are lured into leaving a poor but otherwise quite happy existence for a still poor but now miserable existence, the only beneficiaries being the people traffickers who "helped" them to make the journey.”
I asked him the name of the documentary so that I could have a look at it too, but he didn't answer. I guess he didn't like my solution. Why should we be investing money for the things he says? No need. By the way, I also say nobody should be obliged to pay taxes to support refugees/migrants. (Actually, the whole tax system needs to change too. Everybody should pay for things they believe in and not others.) Those that are willing to do would be enough.
Regarding your latter points:
“It might help if they could blend in without degrading the employment opportunities and pay scales of the indigenous European unskilled labor force.”
I certainly agree with you here too. But I believe the economic problem these days is not the refugees/migrants. It is the economic system itself. It needs to change. It needs to be changed by the politicians and by us, the people. I do not know the exact solution but I am sure that the economic system needs to change! (Wrote some ideas here if you'd be interested.) So we shouldn't be putting the blame of the poor economy on these people coming to “our” countries. We should put it on the real culprit i.e the economic system, and try to work on that. I'm sure we can find a creative solution if we try. If our “leaders” tried a bit.
“It might help if they tried to blend in and not try to insert Islamic holidays into school and work schedules and perhaps loose the headscarf.”
Mmhh... Here, I don't really know what to say. Is it really not possible to just both have our ways? Without getting in the way of each other and/or enforcing our values and beliefs on “the other”? I am a mixed religion family. I am Muslim, my husband is Catholic. I sometimes joke with him saying “If you were to be a Christian, you should have at least been an Protestant.”
Well... Obviously, we both are not very religious and are open-minded people. I am Muslim on paper but I guess I belive in everything including all theist religions, deism, pantheism and all the rest you can name. Or you may say I don't believe any of it. I am an agnostic. And I see that's the only thing we can be sure of. That we do not know what life is.
Sorry, I digress when I do not know exactly what to say. Coming back to your practical life matters... I do not see why the headscarf should bother you. I mean I do not care whatever anyone wears as long as nobody dictates what I should or should not be wearing. It might help if everybody tried to understand that everybody else's belief is as valid as theirs, and have respect for things that do not interfere with their life.
As for schools... It depends on the society I guess. If a Christian country does not want to grant an official Muslim holiday, which is perfectly understandable, the Muslim families could choose to just not send their children to school during that time and not be hold accountable for that. Seriously... It is possible to come up with alternative solutions to every problem in the world. If only people could stretch their brains a bit! (Of course if they can resist the media, whether social or actual media, bombarding so that they can break the cycle of “lazy” brains habit.) And of course if leaders and people were ready to change the rules of the game. These rules suck! They simply need to be changed.
I'm telling you. Don't say I didn't. Don't say no one told you and you never thought of it.