Category – business and money
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This story is taken from the book, factfullness.
It is eye-opening write-up. It tells us that; even if intentions are good and legislation in place, still beneficiary may be deprived of a benefit due to misinterpretation of things and complexities of a process.
In year 2015, as people tried to flee to better lands amongst middle eastern Syrin war. As many as 4000 refugees drowned in meditarranean sea; as they tried to cross it with inflatable boats.
They paid loafty money to mediators and found themselves with their families; in the middle of no where.
This happened in spite of Geneva convention aggrement; which enables refugees from Syria to seek asylum in Europe.
But, when people tried to reach airports they faced effects of anti illegal immigrants directive, which was designed to stop illegal immigrants. This directive required airlines company to ship back illegal immigrant for free.
Hence, on airport counter every asylum seeker was seen as illegal immigrant. Hence Geneva convention failed to help them due unclear and complex process.
Why didn’t they use good boats.
Because, there is EU policy to confiscate illegal boats. Hence, if people used boats they will be captured and gone
Hence, desperate people used inflatable boats which are very unstable and risky.
Hence inspite of remedy (permission of asylum under Geneva convention); it was really hard for refugees to reach Europe to seek asylum.
Inspiration – Factfullness by Hans Rosling