Month: January 2017

Refugees – a rational and humane response to the crisis

02 Jan 2017

Refugees – a rational and humane response to the crisis – has bothered me since I first encountered groups of Syrian shoeshine boys in West Beirut at Christmas 2013. ‘Those boys should be in school,’ I thought. Soon I learned there were not enough school places. The government couldn’t cope with the numbers. Even the informal street schools run by charities were often full. At best they could offer classes only part of the day. in any case their families couldn’t afford to give the boys time off work. There’s no welfare. https://www.tes.com/us/news/breaking-views/teacher-snapshot-teaching-syrian-refugees-jordan A conference of Middle East experts was held during World Refugee Week 2016. Participants recommended a number of actions. These included giving more education in refugee camps, updating international law on refugees, and measures to reduce extremism. The conference statement is reproduced below. ‘A response to Middle East Migration: 31 December 2016: The following statement is signed by some of the participants in the conference on Migration, its Genesis and Causes hosted by Initiatives of Change and the Next Century Foundation during World Refugee Week 2016. We believe it represents a consensus view of participants: Action to support Refugees in recently established camps in the Middle East:…