Magazine article Geographical

Looking the Other Way

Magazine article Geographical

Looking the Other Way

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Barely a day goes by without reports filling the news of boats filled with refugees fleeing the atrocities in Syria or Eritrae for a chance at a life free of violence in the West. The problem is that with every passing day, the 'West' seems less and less inclined to want to fulfil its humanitarian and legal obligations to help the oppressed of the world and more willing to pander to the politically-motivated urge to close its borders and sate the NIMBY brigade lest it lose their votes. This issue's Dossier (page 38) throws a spotlight on this latest global crisis, outlining just who is doing what, why it never seems to be enough, and just what action the world's political classes should be taking instead of turning their backs on those most in need.

While 24-hour rolling news and instantaneous global event coverage serves at least to keep the plight of refugees in the public eye, it can also have the unfortunate side effect of exacerbating an all-too unpleasant human urge to want to experience such worldwide problems for ourselves. …

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