How can we say that people in boats
That have risked their lives
Can’t come in because we’re all full up?
There are thousands of houses
Lying empty, in darkness,
There are thousands of people
Willing to help, to care.
We’re only small
But we’re certainly not full.
There’s a lot of controversy swirling around the UK over the current policies on refugees seeking shelter in our country. These people are travelling thousands of miles and then risking death by crossing the English Channel in small dinghy boats.
And our answer? Send them to Rawanda.
It has been an issue for several years, but it has come to a bit of a head this week as a football pundit made some comments on Twitter and he has since been removed from his job on the BBC. All hell broke loose on Twitter, as loads of other presenters followed suit.
I don’t know what the answer is, but I know that there must be a more compassionate solution. People are people and I hope that other countries would help out the citizens of the UK if something terrible happened here.
4 thoughts on “let them in, we’ve got the space”
I don’t know the answer, either, Rachel, for the UK or for other countries. As you say, though, there has to be something we can do – something that respects the fact that these are human beings. I wish I had a magic idea, but I don’t. Whatever is decided, though, I hope it will involve treating these people like the dignified humans that they are.
I’m reading a book called American Dirt about Mexican nationals trying to escape the cartels and get to the US. It is terrifying and reminds you that these people aren’t just hopping over the border for fun. It’s dangerous and scary and they are risking their lives to even attempt it.
Thank you for your wise and pragmatic approach. If you can say that an island nation can take more people, I have to wonder about all those trying to come here. I know, in fact, we have a need for people to fill jobs. I think think this is a situation overall should be considered as a win-win in the offing.
We’ve left the EU and now have loads of jobs that can’t be filled. It’s an insane situation that doesn’t make any sense to me.