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Xenophobia against refugees: Is there any panacea to the world’s growing humanitarian disaster?

Forced to leave homes either to save lives or due to economic necessity, migrants have created political uncertainty and raised tough questions in places that pride themselves on their diversity. The US now has a presidential candidate whose campaign has been built around raising fears about the influx of migrants and refugees. While these problems have only recently gained attention in the West, Pakistan has been tackling mass migration and myriad of associated issues for decades. The world’s major conflict zones remain Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, Somalia and Columbia while outbreaks of violence continue to erupt in South Sudan, Burundi, Yemen, Central African Republic and Ukraine. As the number of people displaced continues to increase, no solution is in sight. If anything, we have seen the rise of xenophobia in the first world countries which could have given temporary shelter to the millions fleeing their homelands. Instead, Europe has negotiated a controversial deal to shift migrants to Turkey while the rise of Donald Trump as a presidential candidate in the US has decisively shifted the blame on those forced to migrate rather than those creating conditions that lead to such migration. The EU deal has led to one of the world’s leading humanitarian organisations, Doctors without Borders, to refuse EU funding, citing the union’s role in making the refugee crisis worse. Europe has cried loudest over the one million refugees it has had to absorb, but much greater pressure has been exerted on countries in the Middle East and Northern Africa which neighbour major conflict zones. Turkey is the biggest host of refugees. Pakistan is second. Neither country has the resources to manage them themselves. This is why Europe’s reluctance to take on this responsibility has come as such a shock. As the world confronts the largest refugee crisis in its history, the loudest scream is: don’t let them inside!

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