Though it seems impossible, I do believe the Syrian Refugee Crisis can be solved. However, for such a task to be accomplished it is impertinent that citizens of all countries—whether in favor of assisting refugees or not—realize their role in the situation at hand. Those opposed to aiding Syrian refugees are equally important in the solution of the crisis as those who offer support because they provide insight regarding possible concerns or problems. In the U.S. for example, this poll confirms that the majority of Americans do not want the refugee resettlement program to continue. Though much of the fear of integrating a large population of muslims is strongly based on prejudiced Islamophobia, some concerns deal with the changes that local communities might face, such as increased taxes and loss of jobs. Yes, these are valid concerns, but in Cleveland and other cities with diminishing economies, the Syrian refugee population has actually benefitted and contributed to the community economically.
It is also vital to remember that resettlement of Syrian refugees is intended to be temporary. Throughout my blog posts you have probably noticed a theme of the sense of home, community, and opportunity; this has been done intentionally. The lucky Syrians whose lives are not lost to bombs or shrapnel injuries deserve to continue living, and no one should get in the way of that. I know not everyone is going to be a supporter of aiding the Syrian refugees, but those who aren’t should not get in the way of those who are—those who want to make life just a little bit easier for those who need it. With less resistance from opponents to the idea of aid, supporters can do more to bring the crisis to an end and get refugees back to their real, permanent home—Syria.