Sicily Borders

In my country there aren't borders, but every day hundreds and hundreds of migrants come to Italy by boat, to look for a better land.

In Italy we have a lot of refugees camp where migrants are received, there the volunteers help them to find a new life and a new job.

My state is the only state who accept these migrants, but they is a serious problem for my country and for the Europe. For me every state of the world has to help nations, because every people should understand that the war is bad for everyone, and nothing is the winner in a war, because both nations lose a lot of soldiers and so a lot of men who lose their family and their children, and EVERYONE have to accept migrants, because a long time ago, we were migrants too.

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  • Dante Alighieri.PNG quiet_parrot | Dante Alighieri
    03 May 2019

    I am agree with you.
    Great opinion.

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  • Richmond-Hill-logo-250x250.jpg outstanding_wolf | Richmond Hill Academy
    04 May 2019

    This is really good I also come from Italy.Ciao il mio nome è eccezionale lupo come te la passi?translation hi my name is outstanding wolf how are you doing?

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  • swedish school.JPG coherent_fruit | Skellefteå
    05 May 2019

    That is true i have to agree with you

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  • The-Ruth-Gorse-logo-250x250.jpg creative_sparrow | The Ruth Gorse Academy
    06 May 2019

    Hi enigmatic-iceberg!

    And hello to all new Italian BNC members, it’s so nice to hear all your thoughts on this matter!

    It’s wonderful that your state wants to help every person that arrives on your shore. However, you also mentioned that only your state accepts the migrants coming into your country. Does this mean Italy as a whole is not happy with the influx of migrants into Italy? And has it caused tension within your country?

    We have Brexit as you may know and immigration was also a key concern for people living here. There is not one way to solve the immigration problem, only perhaps lots of steps and help from other nations to tackle it collectively. European migrants contribute a lot to our economy and pay their taxes. I think if migrants that come to your shores become legal citizens of Italy this would enable them to pay tax as soon as they start to work therefore they would not be a burden to the state but contribute to the economy. However, I do understand competition for jobs and other resources can lead to a lot of tension as well.

    I also agree with you that all nations should come together to support each other and talk about solutions to tackle migration or at least find a way to reduce pressure for those countries that take in a lot of immigrants, so this way you can also help prevent tensions within the community from rising.

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    1. Dante Alighieri.PNG enigmatic_iceberg | Dante Alighieri
      creative_sparrow's comment 09 May 2019

      My country is not happy with the influx of migrants because for our politicians the migrants are a serious problem, they believe that the migrants disturb the population and very often they are responsible for murders and robberies. Some of Italy's politicians are racist.
      it has caused tension within our country because some politicians believe that the migrants are a wealth for our state, but others belive that they are killers and robbers.
      I think that Italy has to help the migrants who come to our state, because in their country there is a war and because they are human like us. I think they have the right to stay in my land because no state can tell another human from another state "you can't pass!"
      What do you think about brexit and the immigration it causes?
      Bye and it is a pleasure to chat with you

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      1. The-Ruth-Gorse-logo-250x250.jpg creative_sparrow | The Ruth Gorse Academy
        enigmatic_iceberg's comment 13 May 2019

        Hi enigmatic_iceberg!

        Thank you for sharing your thoughts. After what you have said, it’s really opened my mind on how much Italy has borne the brunt of Europe’s migration crisis. Due to Italy’s geographical location, your country receives a huge influx of north African refugee’s in particular from Libya, due to war and persecution. And because of Europes policy, where refugees must seek asylum at the first place they land, this adds to the burden for your country even more.

        There is definitely a wave of intolerance towards immigrants around the world. We see it with Trump’s wall and with Brexit. We need to temper these mindsets, we can’t say that all immigrants are robbers and murderers. So a solution to this immigration crisis has to be forthcoming or else more racial tensions could rise. And if we don’t find a compromise, we might see an uprise of Far-right politicians getting elected throughout Europe, based on their anti-immigration policy alone. And, people may not know or care whether these politicians make good or bad decisions on other major political matters. Just like Trump on his denial of climate change and his continuing backing for fossil fuels means he is very unlikely to come up with a policy to tackle climate change with any real urgency.

        However, I do sympathise with our European countries that are overwhelmed by a huge surge of immigrants such as yours. So I understand why people are frustrated, with resources being stretched to the brink. Statistically Germany tops the chart for taking in more than a million refugees since 2015, followed by countries like Greece and Italy. When refugees are fleeing persecution and conflict, it is only right that we do our best to help these people. The problem is identifying those that are genuine refugees and those that are coming for other reasons, so I can see why some people are worried. Based on the figures that I have seen, many of the EU countries have been generous in the intake of migrants in the past at the expense of their own angry citizens but countries like yours are now genuinely feeling the strain of it all. If your home suddenly took in an extra 30 people, it would not be a healthy thing to do and the strain could turn into chaos. This built up anger is also reflected in America too, hence why people have elected Donald Trump as President due to his strong stance on immigration.

        The number of immigrants that enter into your country is staggeringly high: approximately 640,000 in the past 4 years for a small country like Italy. As far as I know, Britain does not have the same level of refugee crisis as Italy or Germany. Like other EU nations, we have a labour force that includes EU migrants of various skilled levels that all help contribute to our economy alongside a bigger proportion of migrants outside the EU. Our government does have the control of non-EU migrants entering the UK, and if they wanted to, they could have reduced the admissions, thereby reducing the overall immigration level. Then, perhaps it might have alleviated the concerns and appease the UK citizens and we would not have to have Brexit. Nevertheless, the UK voted to leave the EU, and although there were many other factors, the issue of immigration was still the reason for the austerity and economic anxieties rather than directing the blame towards our own government. I personally would like to remain in the EU because the pros outweigh the cons and the solutions for immigration can be solved together alongside other problems such as climate change. I also feel we are much stronger together as one large EU block and a force to be reckoned with, against larger nations like China, Russia and the US.

        As a European Union, we should share the burden together. If we share the wealth by being part of a European Union, then we should also share the problems as well. In order to stop migrants fleeing from their country, we surely have to stop the conflicts that are happening to their countries, and the same applies to tackling Mexico’s problems. If we solve that, we can solve half of the immigration crisis. Furthermore, to create peace and economic stability we must look into the future for ways to build a sustainable, greener economy for these poorer countries so that the people will thrive and have a prosperous nation to be proud of, or, at the very least, a reasonable standard of living.

        These are my thoughts, and thanks enigmatic_iceberg for enlightening us all with whats going on in Sicily!

        https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/15/what-current-scale-migration-crisis-europe-future-outlook

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        1. Dante Alighieri.PNG enigmatic_iceberg | Dante Alighieri
          creative_sparrow's comment 16 May 2019

          Thanks for your words and thanks for reading and responding to my post.

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  • IIS.PNG helpful_rock | Napoleone Colajanni
    13 May 2019

    Hi, I'm from Sicily... I know what you mean! I think Italy should not consider immigrants like a problem, but like a resource. Refugees here, do jobs that italian people wouldn't do. Instead of this, we think they steal our job.
    However, if they can't find a legal job, lot of them start selling drugs and they are not seen well from citizens.
    I think also UE doesn't help Italy in ridistributing refugees that arrive (about everyday) to our shore.
    Other States in the EU can choose if they want take them or not. But Italy can't!!
    What should we have to do? We should let them die in the sea or we should accomodate them in our country?

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    1. The-Ruth-Gorse-logo-250x250.jpg creative_sparrow | The Ruth Gorse Academy
      helpful_rock's comment 14 May 2019

      Hi helpful_rock!

      Yes it’s so difficult! Italy is truly caught between a rock and a hard place. It cannot stop the influx of more refugees and migrants on its shores without causing more anger to your citizens, and it surely cannot turn its back on desperate people in need of protection, so I have a lot of sympathy. I googled to see where all the conflicts are coming from and the more you read the more depressing it gets.

      However, I’m still hopeful that Europe and maybe the UN will become more active in resolving the crises in Syria, Libya, Yemen and Iraq to discuss peace. It’s only then, that we can consider how we can build the economies and societies so their citizens won’t find the need to risk their lives in order to get to Europe for a safer future. If the conflicts are not resolved, then more refugees will be displaced and Europe will continue to have this migrant crisis.

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      helpful_rock's comment 16 May 2019

      Thank you for your word. I think that we have to incluse in our socity the immigrants because they make the society richer in culture. For me we must care them because nobody who escape from the war should be esclude by the society, because he didn't want war.

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  • Dante Alighieri.PNG diplomatic_peak | Dante Alighieri
    16 May 2019

    I very much agree, everyone should welcome immigrants also because they run away from their land for wars going into a raft risking their lives to escape the war

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      diplomatic_peak's comment 16 May 2019

      Is this the experience of all immigrants or a specific group of refugees? Lots of people travel to other countries to live in different ways.

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        Tiff @ the BNC's comment 16 May 2019

        In my country arrive refugees because we are near Africa and there are many conflicts there . But in Italy we don't have many jobs.

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