Sometimes it is easy to associate the word ”refugee” with stateless people wandering a desert in order to drain the oasis of a ”settled” community. However, many people do not realise that refugees are doctors, lawyers, teachers, engineers, mothers, fathers, daughters and sons who simply want the universal human rights that are inherently born within all of us. Human rights do not have to be given, bought, earned or inherited. It just simply is. The ability to live in a state of dignity is an unquestionable right that this organisation is aiming to achieve for all who require it within Europe.
There are many sad stories of our clients that could be written here, but what does that truly achieve? A momentary flash of pity then a continuation into the trance of ”normality” however, the feelings of joy in knowing that a soul has been helped can last a lifetime. A client once told me that I was his dear friend for life. That simple sentence, did more for me than a thousand compliments from acquaintances. Want to know what I did for him? I just gave him the information of where to go and what to do next to help him and his family.
Everyone knows the expression that ”knowledge is power.” Information is necessary to even save and build the lives of families. Asylum Links EU is a non profit organisation with an enthusiastic team of international volunteers working towards the goal of providing necessary the information refugees require to either gain asylum, relocation, housing support, obtaining work, access to health care, reunification with other family members and a plethora of other needs. Our clients contact us from countries such as Greece, Germany, France and Serbia. The need for help is a world wide issue and requires world wide help.
Data from World Economic Forum states that more than 100,000 unaccompanied minors applied for asylum in 78 countries in 2015. Information from 2016 found that nearly 370,000 refugees and migrants have arrived in Europe , most of them having faced the perilous journey by sea. The UNHCR data sourced from 2016 showed that an astounding 65.3 million people around the world have been forced from home. Among them are nearly 21.3 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18. These numbers are an abomination to the absolute basic way of the human quality of life.
Misplaced people can easily be lost in the jungle of confusion surrounding their dire circumstances. As we work together for a solution to disperse the problems that so many refugees face, this essential work is key to the process of eliminating refugee status and gaining the power of an un-purgatory like state of being. Studies have been administered by the European Migration Network showing the positive effect of refugee migration and integration into German society over several decades. Evidence has shown that the economic benefits of refugee integration has increased the availability of jobs by the different fields of commerce introduced into society and simultaneously increasing international trade. Negative impacts on the wages of the indigenous population do not exist and to a certain extent positive effects can be seen.
If society does not want refugees sitting in limbo, then the only solution is to empower them; with knowledge, help and the comfort of knowing that someone out there who they may never ever meet truly cares.
By Sophia Woodleigh
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