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Future Voices: ‘Taking in 50 refugees is the least we can do... It’s humane’

PUBLISHED: 11:00 06 February 2017

Refugees from Syria and Iraq stand in a queue at the Athens International airport during a relocation operation from Greece to Spain on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. Picture: AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Refugees from Syria and Iraq stand in a queue at the Athens International airport during a relocation operation from Greece to Spain on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. Picture: AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

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An estimated 117, 234 refugees are living in the UK.

Norfolk has opened it’s arms to 50 desperate people who have fled their home in times of conflict.

All these refugees are going to live in private accommodation in Norwich, due to this city being more diverse.

If they we were to offer them council owned properties, the problem of British people in need being left homeless may arise and many argue that they feel the need to look after their own first.

Personally I would ask anybody who has a problem with this to show a little empathy and consider how they would wish people to behave if the shoe was on the other foot.

In the words of Warsan Shire: “No-one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark.”

Before we judge these people, we should find out more information about what it is that caused them to leave their homes.

Others however may not agree with my opinion. Some believe that Norfolk cannot cope with the extra pressures on housing and school places. Many say we should tend to our own first before welcoming people we cannot cater for.

A young person, aged 17, from Norwich, said: “Taking in 50 refugees is the least we can do! The media tends to focus more on how bringing in refugees affects us, and we forget that these people aren’t just coming to Britain for the fun of it - they literally have no other place to go.

“Yes, immigration does have an effect on overpopulation, but I don’t think these problems are anywhere near as dire as those of the refugees who have been forced to flee their homes to stay alive and safe. If a friend is hurt, you help them even if it is an inconvenience to you. It’s the humane thing to do.”

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