This video was made before Donald Trump's inauguration and introduction of a ban on Syrian refugees, but it's now more relevant than ever.
The refugee and migrant 'crisis' has been in the headlines for the last year - but is it really a crisis? In this film I take an alternative look and ask what it really means for you, me and the future of our way of life.
Scroll down for links to all sources for all facts and data used in the video.
(Sorry, no comments on this one. If you feel strongly enough about it please contact me directly).
Written and Directed by Adam Westbrook
WITH THANKS TO
Funded by the Global Young Academy.
French subtitles: Otiko Bagaturia
German subtitles: Otiko Bagaturia
Joel D Canfield
Featuring footage from “The Train” by Clara Cullen
(Released under a Creative Commons Licence)
Library of Congress
Trocraire on Flickr (cc)
DIRECTED BY ADAM WESTBROOK
Fresh Eyes on the Refugee Crisis
In 2015 alone, more than 1 million refugees and migrants came ashore, the majority escaping the conflict in Syria:
Official figure for 2015: 1,005,504 - Institute of Migration: migration.iom.int/europe/
Europe has a population of 508 million people:
EuroStat, official ec.europa.eu/eurostat/statistics-explained/index.php/File:Demographic_balance,_2014_(thousand)_YB15_II.png
Europe’s population increased 0.19%
1,005,504 / 508,000,000 x 100
70 years ago Europe was handling 31 million displaced people
Porter, Anne “Ghosts of Europe” p. 281
Europe’s shrinking birthrates:
Europe’s ageing population:
Economists are saying immigration is essential for Europe’s labour shortage:
Immigrant families contribute more each year than they take out:
Immigrants in Denmark raised wages and quality of life for locals:
This isn’t a migrant crisis, it’s something else
We wouldn’t have any greek influences or science if it weren’t for the Arab World
Lyons, Jonathan “The House of Wisdom: How the Arabs Transformed Western Civilisation”
Western values, institutions etc are neatly summed up in the UN Declaration of Human Rights (1946) and the European Declaration of Fundamental Rights (2000)
Fukuyama, Francis The End of History (1992)
Estimates of jihadists leaving Europe
Daesh have formed the largest volunteer fighting force since World War 2
Daesh are selling an inspiring message
Jihadists are motivated by “sacred values”
People in the west are not inspired or motivated by western values
Nothing angers and frustrates Daesh more than seeing Syrians and Iraqis welcomed into the west.
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