This post was written by Guest Blogger Tim I Gurung of ISSLCare and does not reflect the views of The Washington Outsider or its staff.
Before I start, let’s repeat the universal saying of ‘Prevention is always the better cure,’ and hoped that the world will heed it. The world’s ongoing refugee issues are not new. They started at the beginning of civilization, and yet, they are still as prevalent and serious as they might have been at the beginning of our time. However, it is not going to be solved anytime soon for two main reasons:
1. We flee our homelands when it becomes impossible to carry on living there for any number of reasons. We become refugees by seeking refuge in other countries. Becoming a refugee means we are stateless, like a homeless person, and finding a new home is a necessity for our survival. It means we are at the mercy of other people. Our fate is entirely up to strangers of a foreign land. Consequently, refugees must be very grateful when someone offers them a place to live.
Initially everything will be just fine when refugees arrive. The problems will restart when we start finding our same “old home” at the new place. Instead of assimilating into the new society, we crave for the same old life that we have left behind then make ourselves miserable.
When we tend to create a nation within a nation, it creates tension within the community and the real problems will reemerge.
Most refugees have few choices, so we must learn to be grateful for what we have. They have, at least, a new place to live in, so they must make a habit of enjoying it.
We refugees must always remember that. Unless we can change that old mentality, nothing is going to improve in our society and the ongoing refugees’ problem will remain unsolved for a very long future.
There are certainly many reasons why the ongoing problems of the world’s refugees are not solved. They are definitely not easy problems that can be solved by the cooperation of just a few rich nations as the whole world unite together as one in order to solve these pressing problems.
2. The current way of handling refugees and their issues are too vague, ineffective and cumbersome. The United Nations is so weak, slow, and full of bureaucratic dysfunction that it is like a toothless tiger while the world is too complacent for its own good. If we act like we are behaving now, the chances of solving this world’s refugee problems are almost impossible, and the refugees’ problem will only deteriorate. They will never go away.
A big problem needs big commitment. Eradicating refugee issues entire from this world will be almost impossible. If we can unite and work together, these issues can be greatly mitigated, which means we can avoid the ongoing suffering of millions of people in this world.
By simply making the process of refugee taking mandatory for each and every nation, a big difference can be made. The country of their final destination must be decided by not on individual choice, but by default.
We must create a global central database that removes human influence from the process. The database has to be connected to each and every nation of the world. It will not only be faster, fairer, and more efficient, it will also be entirely unbiased.
The decision must also be final and irreversible. This way, the refugees will be equally distributed around the globe, so the burden to host nation will be minimized, while the opportunity of going to a rich, developed country will be equalized. This factor alone could serve as a very strong deterrent against leaving one’s homeland in hopes of reaching an already prosperous land.
For more on Mr. Gurung’s work with those in need and his book, “A Nation For Refugees,” which offers invaluable insights on viable solutions to the globe refugee crisis, visit http://www.timigurung.com.
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