asylum seekers - quotes and descriptions to inspire creative writing
I was a conscript. So at my first chance I became a prisoner of war and claimed asylum. To return was to get shot, to go onwards was a new life in a free country as a new citizen. They could put a gun in my hand, yet love and faith remained in my heart. I believe in peace.
Every asylum seeker has been through enough to put anyone in an asylum. Humans never evolved for unending chaos and bloodshed, for continuous threat to survival in multiple ways. That they seek a better way to live and sanctuary is noble and brave. They have our hearts. However, when we love we must use logic too, for the heart alone cannot navigate a world as broken as this one. Those capable of rescuing others cannot become overwhelmed themselves, yet stay capable of giving aid in all the ways these broken people require and deserve. That is why asylum is not a solution. Millions of people can't simply arrive in another nations. Those nations have their own cultural and social ecosystems. Those nations have limited landmass and resources. We need real solutions that work in the longterm for everyone on Earth. That is why we need to find ways to help people where they are, to deliver food, water, peace... that is why we need to take leaving the money-nexus seriously and find global peace through love. There is enough on Earth for everyone... it is time to share and care... it's time to choose life and real compassion. It's time to talk real solutions that can work for everyone.
The immigration lawyer had just finished his explanation of why the majority of asylum seekers are headed to London, England. He was explaining that giving people hope of a life there was a cruelty because of the vast and impossible numbers that would go there if they could. Also, it was putting money in the pockets of criminals who didn't care if their "cargo" lived or died. His point was that the seemingly cruel refusal at the boarder actually was the kinder thing to do when you look at the big picture. The journeys and the camps... so much effort on solutions that aren't solutions at all. He then went on, "In the case of popular destinations such as the United Kingdom, were asylum seekers allowed to apply from abroad there would be more applicants than the entire population of the UK by many times over. We live in a broken world. Yes, we need to look at the role colonialism and the financial system play in creating that broken system, a system that centralises wealth and creates pockets of deprivation and struggle. However, asylum itself is a broken concept. We now need to look at providing targeted foreign aid instead to relieve suffering in populations. That said, those populations are fleeing from people who live around them and so peacemaking in those regions is thus an essential part of solving their problems. Thus, to become such helping peacemakers, the west must be stable socially. This is why countries such as the UK are looking at the global situation and saying we can't take asylum seekers because there are potentially tens (possibly hundreds) of millions of people that could make heart-breaking cases to come and we are a relatively small overpopulated island."