Let us avoid, to the extent that we can, the arguments and differentiation between those refugees who are actual refugees fleeing war and its subsequent ravages and those immigrants who are “merely” fleeing oppression and impoverished conditions in their home countries. Let us instead focus on the fact that there is a major refugee crisis that needs to be addressed. There are a limited number of programs in place, but by and large, these people are poorly housed, poorly fed, poorly cared, ill-equipped to assimilate in their new environments and frequently, turned loose without any real chance of being successful or becoming overly productive, contributing members of societyi.
Most of the current solutions merely seek to put a band-aid on the proverbial bullet hole. Blanket solutions that seek to soothe the symptoms often do nothing to effect a cure for the disease … and in far too many cases, actually serves to exacerbate the very problems it claims to be attempting to rectify. So what is the best solution for the global refugee crises?
There are literally millions of refugees migrating across the globe at present. Some are legitimate refugees, fleeing from war-torn nations and in some cases, quite literally fleeing for their lives. Some are “merely” migrants, yet once again, they are fleeing the ravages of famine, violence and often, quite literally fleeing for their lives. Are there more questionable individuals in the midst of this massive flow of humanity? Almost certainly. Are there terrorists who are seeking to use this global crisis as a means to invade other countries for the sake of creating chaos and confusion and … as their name would imply, creating terror in the countries to which they will migrate?
Again, almost certainly. Does that mean that these people should not be given at least an opportunity to succeed in their pursuits? In the case of the terrorists, it is preferable that they are not successful … but what if all of these migrants could receive viable job skills training, language courses and even learn about the cultural and societal norms in those nations where they wish to migrate? Would that at least help to offset the potential for harm to be done by the massive influx of migrants to their new host countries?
Many of the supposed refugee resettlement programs house these people poorly, barely provide them with food and water, and offer them no opportunity to learn about their new homes, their new societies or to provide them with any relevant or even necessary skills … such as learning their new language(s) that will be necessary for them to get a job or even to function without assistance and support in their new homelands. The idea of blanket solutions is nothing new, but there have been very few cases throughout history where they have been very effective in successfully eradicating the problems that they were tasked to remove. (In fact, so far as I can discover, there have been no cases wherein one-size-fits-all solutions have worked)
The fact is that it is a very complex, systemic and dare it be said … even global problem that needs to be rectified. No single solution for a symptom is going to be successful in eradicating a complex, systemic problem. No relief of the symptoms is going to provide for an actual cure. Until the underlying cause of these problems is addressed and rectified, the problems will continue to worsen … both in the nations these people are fleeing from and the locations they are going to end up living in eventually.
The end result is large pockets of the adopted society, effectively reverting to the ways of the nations that the residents emigrated from. Rather than creating a socially diverse addition to their new home, these people, often by necessity, are forced to isolate and self-segregate for their own protection. Such a system, if allowed to continue unchecked, will result in the degradation of the adopted society. The added strain on social programs, language courses and other social “benefits” far outweigh any potential gain for the adopted homeland. In short, the system as it currently exists is highly unsustainable and often detrimental to everyone involved.
When the problems are systemic in nature, the solutions must address the entire system and function as a singular, adaptive and integrated solution to the root causes of the problems. Literally billions of dollars has been spent to date, trying to put the proverbial band-aid on the bullet hole. It may cover up some of the mess, but it certainly is not going to be beneficial. Rather than continuing such programs as have been noted by so many to be abject failures, perhaps it would be better to look at a more viable solution?
Both the Community Developments and the Community Service Centers are uniquely designed to handle such a crisis. Built on sustainable models, including permaculture, these programs would provide immediate employment, safe and secure housing, language training, job skills training and a host of other benefits that would allow the migrants and refugees alike to enter their adopted countries as fully productive and contributing members of their new social settings, replete with a more comprehensive cultural understanding of the cultural values of the nations they were emigrating to in order to establish new homes and a new life.
Not only does the establishment of these Communities provide for all of the basic needs of the refugees and migrants, but it can do so at greatly reduced costs. The problem does not seem to be so much with finding more viable, systemic solutions to the problems facing the world, but getting the people in power to admit that the existing programs that create dependency classes are not working, and implementing new programs that do work as advertised to resolve the problems facing the world today!
i There are of course, exceptions to every rule, and the same certainly holds true here. However, by and large, the majority of refugees and immigrants in the current global crises are under-educated and lack advanced technical training and skills.