Ungrateful Refugees

They come to the West and we give them everything. In return they become terrorists, rapists, and murderers. Why are they so ungrateful? We have done so much for them!

Erik Engheim

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Sorry for the inflammatory and bigoted intro. I wanted to capture what so many people think about immigration and accepting refugees. I see people ask questions such as why do we let ourselves be invaded? Why do we accept people who cannot be employed and will live the rest of their lives on welfare?

Many fellow Westerners have sadly forgotten why we take in refugees in the first place. Are refugees holding guns to our heads? Is a small elite of liberal politicians on a virtue signaling spree?

No, to many this may be hard to accept, but right among you there are fellow citizens with empathy for strangers. Empathy for people looking different, talking different. People living halfway around on the other side of the world who face persecution, violence and war. These are the people who vote in the politicians who decide to open our borders for people fleeing violence and terror. No, they haven’t been duped by the liberal elite or guilted into voting for them. No, it doesn’t mean you are oblivious to the challenges and problems that comes with accepting refugees. Having empathy doesn’t make you a sucker.

Should we stop listening to the “liberal elite” who know nothing about hardship, and instead listen to conservatives with their intimate knowledge of the struggles of the working class and poor?

You don’t help people because it is a benefit to yourself. When somebody is bleeding out on the street and you drag them into your car to rush them to hospital, what benefit do you get out of it? The seat of your car gets covered in blood. You may miss the meeting you were on your way to. Helping is not for your benefit. Helping is for the benefit of the person helped.

Note: My example is not arbitrary. Years ago, here in Norway a newspaper tested this exact same scenario. A guy covered himself in fake blood to test if people would stop and help? Sadly a lot of people did not want to inconvenience themselves and get blood on their seats.

Yes, refugees can be a drag on the budgets. Yes, they can increase crime and social…

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Erik Engheim

Geek dad, living in Oslo, Norway with passion for UX, Julia programming, science, teaching, reading and writing.