Categories: Refugee Crisis

Refugees Integrating into Dutch Culture

Dutch system of governance is built in a way that has ensured that all foreign nationals must be able to participate in the Dutch society. This therefore means that even if one is a refugee the government expects them to take part in the national development. This is majorly enhanced through a major law that states that a command of Dutch language is mandatory.

Over the years, the number of refugees in Dutch as greatly risen as they term Dutch as a safe country. According to Dutch magazine, over a period of two years, dutch government has received over 120000 refugees.

Integrating into Dutch Culture

As part of integrating into the dutch culture, refugees are embarking on a procedure to take part in civic integration exam. Since this is a right in the country, the government is ensuring that these exams are available for refugees. Once taken, the refugees are now able to know on how make hospital appointments, find work and also know what kind of schools are available and open for their children.  Here is a look at some of the successes.

Help from the Government

Refugees are being offered loans by the Dutch government as part of the integration to pursue civic integration courses and also language courses.  They are now able to begin courses voluntarily as they live in the refugee centers. Though by not doing this they might not get any punishment, the refugees have found it important to know their rights and also obligations and be able to understand the values that govern the Dutch society.

Through participation statements that welcomes newcomers to Dutch, refugees are able to understand and believe the Dutch values that are written or unwritten. This has ensured that refugees are able to learn rules for social interactions. In their centers, refugees have been able to take part and organize meetings that are meant to educate each other on ways to promote their integration into the Dutch culture.

The Dutch government has enabled refugees to find it easy to blend into their culture. Refugees in some cases are allowed to find information over the internet using their own language which can help them to find information about work and the governing rules as well. In addition, refugees have started to be given permission to obtain permanent residence in Dutch. This process has become a motivating factor to others who need to follow the required laws and procedures so that they can be able to learn the Dutch’s ways of living to avoid conflicts with the native people.

Categories: Refugee Crisis

The Refugee Crisis in Europe

Persecution, violence, conflict, poverty, war, and terrorism have sent millions away from their homes and victims march towards European countries for safety, survival, and better economic prospects. What makes this a real problem is the huge number of migrants involved. Migrants take real serious risks and they pass through dangerous routes like deserts and some of them cross seas in small boats. Unfortunately, many of these people die on the way before they reach their destination.

Causes of the Crisis

To them, if they stay back home, they will die anyway so it is better to die trying. This is rather disheartening and worrisome. The Syrian conflict is one of the causes of the crisis. It has forced many Syrians to embark on the perilous trips toward Europe and the conflict is still on.

Rough Road to Europe

Stories of starvation, deaths, and abuse have become normal as people take whatever routes they can to enter into European countries like how a drowning man will clutch at a straw.  Even though Greece has received the biggest hit by this migration, Italy and a few other countries have encountered their fair share of sea arrivals too. Many Greek islands are already filled to capacity.

Some of the refugees head towards the Western and Northern parts of Europe passing through some Balkan countries like Serbia, Albania, and Bulgaria. New arrivals get into any space that is easy to occupy. Some stay in abandoned properties, some hit public parks and some make themselves comfortable in the forests. The most worrisome aspects is that most of these European countries are not prepared for such massive number of refugees.

When it Began

While the crisis began in 2015, the end of 2016 saw Europe catering for more than 5 million refugees and more are still trooping in albeit in fewer numbers. These refugees come from Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and other countries.

Apart from those that have lost their lives, thousands have gotten missing because these dangerous journeys that doesn’t exclude women and children. To underscore how serious the crisis is, over 170,000 risked their lives embarking on a journey to Europe across the sea and over 3,000 of them got drowned. Within the first three months in 2017, over 5,000 children arrived Spain, Bulgaria, and Italy and about 3,500 of these children embarked on the journey unaccompanied.

What seems like a silver lining on the situation is the fact that UNHCR has positioned all its more than 600 staff in 20 different locations to provide the necessary assistance like food, water, shelter and medical care to refugees that have made it into Europe.