I am on record as often re-posting Emily Hauser’s columns from her excellent blog “In my head”.
She generally tackles issues of social justice, democracy, and the difference between right and wrong, and especially as regards Israel, from a Jewish perspective.
As, in Australia, we seem to be roiled up in an endless debate about immigration and what to do with the tens of thousands of refugees that we accommodate every year.
Tens of thousands sounds a lot, but it’s worth remembering that other countries, much poorer than ours, deal with millions of refugees.
And that these vast movements of people de-stabilise whole regions, and that none of us are immune from those impacts, especially the countries in the immediate proximity of conflict.
I warmly commend Emily’s comments to you. They bear deep consideration.
And if you’re in Australia, you might like to purchase this t-shirt, to remind our new Dear Leader, Dear Reader, that we can afford to be a bit more generous with the world.
We can easily manage to up our refugee intake.
As one of the richest nations on the planet, we should.
Not to mention the fact that we are a nation of immigrants, and many of our finest Australians came here as refugees.
Not to mention that research shows that immigration is a net contributor to the Australian economy.
Immigration = economic growth. No, immigrants don’t “take” our jobs, fool. They make our jobs.
Buy the shirt, start the conversation with a friend.
- Syrian refugees in Bulgaria stage hunger strike (worldbulletin.net)
- In pictures: Syrian refugee numbers rise (bbc.co.uk)
- UN says number of Syrian refugees now more than two million (euronews.com)
- Tragically disunited: Inside a Syrian refugee camp (rediff.com)
- Syrian refugees top 2 million mark: U.N. (dailystar.com.lb)
- Syrian refugees temporarily resettling in Germany (stripes.com)
- Thousands of Syrian refugees flood the Iraqi Kurdistan border (independent.co.uk)