Refugees, vs. Migration.

2C06791F00000578-3224305-image-m-5_14415599710342B06829600000578-3182633-image-a-43_1438474040346The above pictures are refugees, landing in Europe – Greece, Hungry, Britain – it doesn’t matter.

I’m going to say that, imo, these are not refugees.   These are Migrants.  Yes, many moving through Syria, and Turkey, in any bid to get to Europe or beyond, they escape armed conflict and threat of death.  But there is a distinction between that, and seeking new teeth.

Migrants choose to move not because of a direct threat of persecution or death, but mainly to improve their lives by finding work, or in some cases for education, family reunion, or other reasons. Unlike refugees who cannot safely return home, migrants face no such impediment to return.

Going out on a limb, I am sure the crowd of hale and hearty migrants in the 1st picture, who look healthy, with their selfie stick, are looking for work.  They, likely, have not been chased from whatever country they came from.  Could be wrong.  Likewise, the two pictured in the 2nd picture, well, they certainly found improvement in their lot once they landed in in the UK, with their generous public welfare benefits.

On the other hand, for many, the middle east is a dangerous place.  One that should be escaped.

The point is, no-one in most countries from an immigration vs. refugee standpoint is making that distinction.  Or they cannot because… .  Well, for many reasons I suppose.  For a lot of reasons.

Happy labor day.

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