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A humanism feat: Europe offers hope to refugees

Editor: Tong Xinxin 丨CCTV.com

09-17-2015 14:45 BJT

By Zhou Dongyao, Researcher of World Affairs Research Center of Xinhua News Agency

Since the beginning of this year, over 500,000 refugees from Syria and other North African and West Asian countries have trudged for a lengthy time, regardless of the dangers, hoping to reach European countries, such as Germany. This is the largest influx of migration since the end of World War II.

Fortunately, most European countries understand their plight, sympathize and are willing to accept them, which stand as an ode for humanity, mutual love and rescue.

Greece, Hungary, and Italy have already admitted 213,000, 145,000 and 115,000 refugees respectively, while others have entered Germany via Hungary and Austria.

Jean-Claude Juncker, president of European Commission, said at the European Parliament on September 9, "if you were a refugee, carrying your baby in your arms; your world has collapsed and you have to flee from the horrible war and brutal violence by passing through a vast ocean and barbed wire..."

He appealed to adopt emergency measures and to accept another 120,000 refugees. The EU (European Union) has tripled sea rescue forces, saving over 122,000 lives.

Juncker asked to provide 1.8 billion euros for relief efforts. These refugees should be allowed to work and earn money. He also advocated to open a migration channel and to admit more refugees to supplement Europe’s labor force.

Even though member states of the EU have done much to help, Juncker said it was still not sufficient, because member states have criticized each other.

Some countries were reluctant to admit refugees and have built barbed wire fences; a Hungarian TV camerawoman tripped a refugee holding a baby in her arms; but most Europeans would like to help, especially after the photo of a 3-year-old Syrian boy who was found dead on the beach went viral.

A baker gave a slice of bread to a hungry refugee in the Greek island of Kos; an Austrian policemen welcomed refugees at the border; students brought clothes to refugees in Munich. 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said, "Germany is strong and able to admit 800,000 refugees."

Other countries, such as France, Great Britain and Spain have also expressed willingness to accept more refugees than their quotas permit. Sweden, a country with  a population of less than 9 million, had admitted over 80,000 refugees last year alone.

Juncker said, "we Europeans should remember that almost each European used to be a refugee. Millions of Europeans experienced the religious and political persecution. It is true that Europe cannot admit everyone, but the refugees in Europe only occupy  0.11% of the total population of the EU."

The governments and politicians who sparked this humanitarian disaster deserve our condemnation, since terrorists are breaking the peace turning innocent people into homeless refugees. Meanwhile, we should remain vigilant against terrorists pretending to be refugees. However, history will prove that: Justice will prevail! Peace will prevail! The people will prevail!


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