Thoughts on refugees in Germany

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Photograph: Pexels

Having lived in Germany for almost two years, I have seen many things which will stay in my mind forever. From the first day I arrived in June 2014, the hype in the big city of Hamburg was focused on the World Cup and the atmosphere was truly amazing; eventually resulting in the German victory against Argentina. To be in Germany at such a time, absorbing the atmosphere, was, to put it bluntly, incredible.

Moving on to 2015, the refugee crisis in Europe began to develop rapidly with more than a million migrants and refugees crossing the borders of Europe, and therefore creating the current crisis which has seen key European states drift apart and disagree on many issues. The influx of people can be linked to numerous ongoing conflicts around the world, primarily focused in the Middle East. The highest proportion of people claiming asylum come from Syria, which has endured a destructive civil war, where there are three major groups fighting for power: President Bashar al-Assad, Terrorist group IS (Islamic State), and the rebels who are fighting against the power of Assad. From a population estimated at 17,000,000 in 2014, over 4.6 million have fled Syria and are seeking asylum, mainly heading towards Europe. Germany has been a huge factor in this struggle, with Chancellor Angela Merkel taking a controversial policy of opening the borders and welcoming all refugees into the country, which has caused many rifts among the political elite of Germany and Europe. The moral actions of Merkel have however showed human compassion within the world that we live in, and gives hope to the millions of people from deprived and war induced countries who want to seek a better life. The estimated 1.1 million refugees who entered Germany in 2015 have not just been allowed into the country, but also buy cheap tetracycline online supported by the state who have arranged the creation of special camps for them to live in; the general public have also played their part, organizing fundraising events and collection of clothes and food which has then been passed onto the refugees.

My experience in Germany has also been influenced by the factors mentioned above. It is an enlightening experience to see such generosity and at the college where I teach English, they have taken in three classes of refugees and I was fortunate enough to be able to teach them English. The people were from a range of different countries: Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia, Eritrea, and Kosovo. In the past few weeks I have had the chance to talk with them about their experiences and their dreams. They all had interesting hobbies such as playing football or listening to music, just like the average teenager in the United Kingdom. The majority had escaped their dangerous countries in order to seek a better life, wanting to learn and to use their knowledge to help the world become a better place.

Baring all this in mind, there are still many people who are extremely sceptical about the refugee crisis and I have heard many comments from people who say they are scared of the refugees or do not want the burden of accepting them into their country. The acceptance of the refugee crisis involves taking responsibility for fellow human beings, who were not as fortunate as us in terms of having a nice home and family which provides a comfortable life. Being able to know where the next meal comes from, or even knowing that we will survive the night without being attacked by bombs from the air, is a luxury which many people around the world do not have. This security should be available to all.

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Alexander Soltanahmadi 2 Articles
Alexander studied History at the University of Hull and later moved to Germany where he work as an English Language Assistant for the British Council. His interests include different cultures, political news, and languages.

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