Friday, February 24, 2017

Refugees v. Fake news

Today one of the biggest problems today facing the world is the Syrian Refugee crisis that has become so prevalent due to the horrid nature of the Syrian Civil War. Millions of men, women and children are trying to escape the nightmarish place that has enveloped their home, where terrorists wreak havoc and create a dystopian state with an extremist foundation. 4 million have fled to neighboring countries such as Turkey and Jordan and 1 million seek asylum in Europe.
Find that source here.
Germany and Sweden are notably known as the top EU countries to accept Syrian refugees and many people see this as a very concerning problem.

The debate between refugees and how the humanitarian crisis should be treated have become very polarized lately especially since of Europe's more open approach compared to America's acceptance of refugees.
It mainly boils down to two sides.
One side, supports refugees immigrating all over the world to various countries.
The other side, are not in support of refugees and want to restrict the flow of foreign immigration.
Both sides have their extremes too, no side goes without one. But the problem with extreme polarization in these topics promotes the spread of mass misinformation and complete ignorance on the issue on hand.

A recent development that has actually plagued us for a very long time in the political world is the disease of fake news. Fake news purposefully spreads twisted truths or blatant lies to further a specific agenda or view to influence the public.
Regarding the Refugee crisis, fake news has become rampant on this topic to fear monger the public into a specific set of views.
For example claims such as New Year's Mass Sex Assaults in Frankfurt by migrants were proven baseless by the police.
You can find that source here.
Or refugees wanted Oktoberfest to be banned, which is also false here.
Or that German special forces are wearing chainmail to defend against refugee attacks, which has been twisted here.
Many of these stories of Germany and Sweden have been floating around for a specific agenda, to antagonize the influx of refugees and isolate people fleeing war.
The media has also created this false atmosphere that with the influx of refugees that Sweden has become overridden with crime, which that is not true. Crimes such as rape and gang violence against civilians increased, were supposedly reported by various news outlets. Crime overall has gone down in Sweden and the title "rape capital"of the world is wrong since Sweden's definition of rape cases is vastly different than what other countries would consider, which is proven here.

The spread of this twisted news for malicious intent needs to be stopped. The state of the world is over dramatized to fit people's narratives. To understand the world around us we need to face facts from various sides to understand and learn what we can do to better our world .

Even though there is a moral cause to helping refugees, they are simply people feeling war, there is a limit to where a country can accept refugees. No one nation is a paragon of perfection where it can suddenly house millions of individual humans all requiring need. That is going to strain the capability of a nation and at points can lose its purpose of serving it's own people. The refugee crisis should not be only a few countries problem (in this instance it isn't) , it should be a global effort to help fellow humans escaping war.
Also the other extreme side that argues for refugees are perfectly fine with refugees not assimilating to the countries they're fleeing too, which is very concerning.
Assimilation does not mean one loses their identity or cultural background but to accept the values of their new and/or temporary home and learn how to adapt with their surroundings.
To be okay with people to carry malicious ideologies into a developed nation is a breach of safety.

Refugees are not ruining the European Union. Yes the huge influx of foreigners is bound to cause some problems but the idea that these countries are descending into chaos is without a doubt fake news.