Addressing the refugee problem has long been a matter of concern for the international society.
The United Nations adopted the Convention on the Status of Refugees in 1951, and the UN General Assembly proclaimed June 20 as the World Refugee Day in December 2000. It is 20 years now since then, yet the refugee problem, far from being settled, is further arising as one of the international crises, a global challenge.
In June last year, the Office of UN High Commissioner for Refugees made public a data that the number of refugees caused by the conflicts and armed clashes reached around 70.8 million in 2018. Last year, that number reportedly increased nearly by two times.
Mediterranean Sea and Indian Ocean have been turned into burial sites of refugees. To make the things worse, due to the worldwide spread of COVID-19, refugees are being chased every moment by diseases and hunger, and discords between the countries surrounding the sheltering of refugees are also becoming deeper.
Then, what is the cause of the uninterrupted yet increasing streams of refugees, resembling “mass exodus” as are commented by the world media?
There is now a converging view from the international society that this disaster can never be removed unless the root cause of refugee crisis is eradicated.
Media and experts of international affairs from many countries are now strongly claiming that the refugee problem is an inevitable outcome of the high-handedness, arbitrariness and persistent policies of interference and dominationism of the United States and other Western countries toward the independent countries and developing countries -which are not obedient to them – for achieving the goal of totally grasping the world in their hands following the end of the Cold War.
The maneuvers of interference and the “color revolution” extensively mounted by the U.S. and other Western countries under the pretext of “freedom”, “democracy” and “protection of human rights” resulted in a series of regime changes in several countries, and a large number of people, who had misjudged that they would be better off by introducing the western-style free democratic system, were reduced to the victims – refugees – of bloody civil wars and conflicts triggered by social division and racial discord.
Taking advantage of their masterpiece, that is, the wrecking of overall systems of those countries where social disturbances and disorder are widespread, the dominationists sought only after their own profits, which in turn led to the struggles for obtaining concessions to huge natural resources and dispossessing the local industries. Conversely, those said countries got in return only a minimal aid for refugees.
As long as the high-handedness, arbitrariness and intervention in others’ internal affairs by the dominationists are not brought to an end, the refugee problem, a twenty-first-century tragedy, can never be settled.
Today’s refugee crisis once again clearly imprints in us the bitter truth of history that the interference from outside forces can bring genuine peace and stability to nobody and the lack of strength and of strong independent stand will only lead to succumbing to the pressure and appeasement of outside forces, thus losing the territories as well as the cradle of life.