Integration of refugees into host countries is constantly discussed. Germany is considering a new approach: Integrating Refugees.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has published an Op-Ed piece that I authored about the Syrian Refugee Crisis. You can read it here.
From 1940-1945 the countries of the Middle East accepted refugees fleeing war torn Europe. It does not seem too much to ask that the same generosity now be extended to war refugees from the Middle East fleeing toward Europe.
The full, mostly forgotten story is here.
In the past six days over 700 people, real humans with lives, families and dreams have died seeking refuge from war and pesecution. I have been asked if refugees are crazy for trying to escape or if they are a threat. The answer is clear, only someone who is desperate would risk death to escape the violence of their home country. Crazy people wouldn’t be rational enough to leave and terrorists would be crazy to take a high risk, Continue reading “Refugees Risk Death for Freedom and Peace”
It is easy to think of people we do not know as being strangers or the “other.” I was struck by something that Abraham Maslow said. He believes that humans have an intense need to belong, to have a sense of community with one another – in Church speak we call it solidarity. Believing that at our core we are all humans in one human family. This explains our common need to be part of families and bonds created in organizations ranging from the workplace to fraternal associations to platoons. Those refugees suffering a half a world away Continue reading “CRS Syrian Refugee Update”