We live in a world where nations are prepared to turn back boats of desperate refugees, where nations are prepared to let refugees risk drowning. Thousands have drowned. More refugees are dying than ever before in fleeing war, persecution, poverty. For those refugees who mange to cross borders, they live in squalor and insecurity. For the majority of refugees these are dire times. If refugees are to be imprisoned in detention centres and trapped in shanty-camps let us then not expect harmony. Poverty breeds despair and it leads to anger. Child refugees are self-harming and attempting suicide. Children who without family, their lives broken and ruined irrevocably children are seeking relief in substance abuse – alcohol and drugs– desperate to escape the reality of their existence. Médecins Sans Frontières warns of a “human cost to come” much worse than anything thus far. One report records “The conditions are taking from children their dreams and replaces them with anger, and they turn to harming themselves and others.”
It is inevitable that a handful of people will cynically exploit the global movement of refugees to pursue their own criminal, political, or religious aims on the fringes—either by concealing themselves in the masses to cross borders to commit violent acts abroad, by taking advantage of the political polarisation of migration politics to promote their own agendas, or by extorting these people for their own criminal purposes. Among any population this size, there will be criminal activity here and there, refugee or not.
People should be able to go to wherever they want to in this world of ours – migration should be the norm. Borders are an idea only and not a fixed reality despite that we are sold nationhood as if inalienable. Borders generate fear and hate – xenophobia. Society needs to be about people. Capitalism exploits humanity. It is so bent on profit for the few that it leaves behind more and more dire circumstance. Capitalism is the maker of abject poverty and billions live utterly dirt-poor.