Refugees and constructive motion for Ukraine

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I don’t like posting twice a day however, at a time of ‘peace-keeping’, it appears worthwhile as a result of it’s fascinating. It’s fascinating that when there’s a struggle someplace else, it doesn’t matter. I at all times keep in mind internet hosting  Jaz and Nils O’Hara of the Worldwide Tribe on the Monetary Providers Membership in 2016 speaking about the Calais Jungle. Do you keep in mind that? All these migrants and determined individuals who had been displaced and have been residing in horrible situations in France? Leaping on trains and hiding on lorries, attempting to get to the UK? Did we care? When there’s a struggle in one other continent, will we care a lot? It’s distant. When there’s a struggle by yourself doorstep – Ukraine – perhaps you care extra. Perhaps you care extra as a result of the subsequent goal might be you. Regardless, we must always care.

None of us can not have felt touched by the horrible image of the two-year outdated Syrian boy drowned on a ship attempting to achieve Greece in 2016, however did we care about his mum and pa, and why they let their son to take such a dangerous voyage? Do we all know what occurred to them and their household? Will we care that these individuals are affected by struggle, famine and poverty?

I watch the Ukrainian struggle and reside subsequent door to it in Poland. We have now many Ukrainians residing right here and I perceive the background and points. Nonetheless, no matter you take into account of refugees and struggle, we must always all ask ourselves: what occurs to individuals who lose every little thing?

Think about when you awoke tomorrow and a bomb had landed in your neighbour’s home. You realise you need to transfer, and transfer quick. What would you’re taking? The place would you go? How will you survive? Are you able to get meals and shelter?

You out of the blue quit on the exotics of life – can I get a pleasant cocktail? – and deal with the fundamentals of life – can I make a Molotov cocktail?

So, what does being a refugee imply and the way do they survive?

In keeping with the UN Refugee Conference, the definition of a refugee is somebody who: “owing to a well-founded worry of being persecuted for causes of race, faith, nationality, membership of a specific social group, or political opinion, is exterior the nation of his nationality, and is unable to or, owing to such worry, is unwilling to avail himself of the safety of that nation.”

(Article 1, 1951 Conference Referring to the Standing of Refugees)

All effectively and good, but it surely’s not for, as soon as you reside in a refugee standing, you need to search asylum.

“The definition of an asylum seeker is somebody who has arrived in a rustic and requested for asylum. Till they obtain a choice as as to whether or not they’re a refugee, they’re often called an asylum seeker. Within the UK, this implies they don’t have the identical rights as a refugee or a British citizen would. For instance, folks looking for asylum aren’t allowed to work.”

Some key details:

  • On the finish of 2020 round 82.4 million folks have been forcibly displaced internationally. Of those, 26.4 million have been refugees, while 48 million have been internally displaced inside their nation of origin
  • In 2020, greater than two thirds of the refugees internationally got here from simply 5 international locations: Syria (6.7 million), Venezuela (4.0 million), Afghanistan (2.6 million), South Sudan (2.2 million) and Myanmar (1.1 million)
  • 42% of displaced folks internationally are kids
  • 86% of the world’s refugees live in international locations neighbouring their nation of origin, typically in creating international locations
  • 76% of all folks looking for asylum wait longer than six months for a choice
  • 41% of preliminary choices made within the yr ending December 2020 resulted in a grant of asylum or different type of safety
  • Banned from working, weak households wrestle to outlive on round $7 a day

Supply: Refugee Motion and Refugee Council

There are a variety of myths about refugees.

MYTH: Refugees Do Not Pay Taxes.

FACT: In most international locations, refugees are topic to the identical employment, property, gross sales, and different taxes as any citizen.  Refugees can not vote, nonetheless.

MYTH: Refugees Take Jobs From Our Staff.

FACT: Current proof by the U.S. Labor Division says “NO” to this fantasy. Refugees aren’t offered any particular therapy when acquiring employment. They need to apply and compete for jobs the identical as any citizen. Refugees typically enter financial sectors presently unable to produce satisfactory numbers of native employees. Refugees and immigrants additionally create jobs for U.S. employees as a result of they’ve a excessive propensity to begin new companies.

MYTH: Refugees Obtain Particular Cash From the Authorities to Buy   Properties, Vehicles, and Different Gadgets.

FACT: In most international locations the federal government doesn’t present refugees with cash once they arrive however simply minimal advantages for emergency conditions and medical wants. The refugee should apply for these advantages and meet revenue and useful resource requirements to qualify for any help.

MYTH: Refugees Do Not Contribute or Take part In Society.

FACT: Refugees contribute an excellent deal to society by means of the sharing of their abilities, abilities, cultures and customs. Historical past signifies that a few of our most important contributors to many international locations has been from refugees and immigrants.

Souce: Indiana, USA, Authorities web site

For this reason, as identified by The New Humanitarian, accepting refugees in an funding, not a price.

“Refugees typically arrive destitute, generally in want of counselling and with little data of the native language or tradition. It might take a while earlier than they’re able to develop into web contributors. However taking an extended view, there isn’t a motive to view refugees as a price: they could be a profit to their host international locations, not a burden. Spending cash on refugees is an funding, not a price.

“Many refugees are well-educated … many arrive with skilled {qualifications}, doubtlessly saving their new nation the price of coaching folks from scratch to develop into nurses, engineers or different professionals … unlocking these abilities will profit society each straight and thru their tax contributions.”

Nonetheless, we don’t deal with it that means. Within the UK, for instance, displaced folks can submit “a declare for asylum with the Dwelling Workplace [and are] initially entitled to only below £40 every week from the federal government and entry to lodging. After being granted refugee standing, they then have 4 weeks to discover a dwelling and employment or apply for mainstream advantages. However many new arrivals find yourself destitute.”

If you wish to assist refugees and different displaced peoples, there are a number of methods:

In the meantime, from my mates in Ukraine, right here’s a simple, bare-minimum information for companies all over the world on how one can help Ukraine and assist cease the struggle, with out firing a bullet.

1. Blue-and-Yellow emblem
2. Official firm assertion
3. Inform your prospects


1. We ask tech corporations, giant and small to place a Blue-and-Yellow ribbon in your emblem and an announcement on their web site as an indication of solidarity with Ukraine. For instance, right here’s how my firm did it:

2. Make an official assertion out of your firm, condemning the struggle. Share an inventory of sources that anybody can use to donate to Ukraine’s civilian and armed forces. Instance:

3. Ship a publication to your entire prospects or shoppers sharing the assertion you’ve made. Share the identical data on social media. Add a banner in your entrance web page and hyperlink your Blue-and-Yellow emblem to this assertion.
On this state of affairs – silence is an endorsement of Russia’s actions.

Please, demand the corporate you’re in to implement this information.

We would like all the businesses – from Apple and Google to the smallest espresso store in your city to point out solidarity with Ukraine and the free world. It may be carried out with a easy gesture, simply as we use the purple ribbon for AIDS consciousness signal, or present solidarity with LGBTQ+ group utilizing a rainbow flag.

Unfold the phrase:

1. Use #SupportUkraine hashtag
2. Hyperlink to to unfold the phrase.
3. Use your organization’s emblem with Blue-and-Yellow ribbon or this picture for a visible

Lastly, if you wish to donate to assist Ukraine, right here’s a fast hyperlink.

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