If you are at all interested in finance, or for that matter keep up with news at all, you are becoming familiar with the Greek Debt Crisis. This story line is dictated in newly familiar concepts like the Grexit, potential end of the Euro, collapse of the European Union, and European leaders like Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. The ramifications for the Greek people during these tense times of austerity are immense. Having people worry about being able to get enough currency out of their bank to pay for basic living expenses is a concept that ought not to be familiar in our world. This morning we were greeted with the news of rising agreement in the European Union on debt restructuring for the Greece, pending individual governments authorizations. (Washington Post European Leaders Agree to Greek Rescue Plan) This is news of hope and potential lasting relief to a horrible economic problem.
In Greece and the wider European Union there is another issue that was recently reported on that does not seem to be getting as much publicity. There has been a sustained rise in refugees arriving on Greek land, to the tune of approximately 1,000 people per day with a base of around 77,000 people. (UN News Centre) Furthermore, there are “an estimated total of 436,000 people across the European Union” seeking to enter the EU on a refugee status. (UNHCR 2015 Subregional Operations) These are people that are often forgot because there is no nation that represents refugees on an international stage, just countries that complain about people as an economic issue, not a human with individual rights.
The European Union has seemed to work out a major conflict in the Greek economic crisis. This solution took time, struggle, and substantial debate. Are we willing to stand for those who do not have an official seat in our legislators? I am not saying that there is a simple solution on how to aid these individuals. We all know that we are each unique, so I doubt a broad policy for all refugees would be the best solution but that does not mean that thought on resettling refugees and internally displaced people is not merited. I have no reason against celebrating steps in the right direction in Greece. However, let us not forget in the celebrations the refugees in Greece and the European Union that are still in utter economic distress.
UN News Centre http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=51381#.VaPMtUo8KrU
UNHCR 2015 UNHCR subregional operations profile – Northern, Western, Central and Southern Europe
Washington Post European Leaders Agree to Greek Rescue Plan https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/greece-agrees-to-a-punishing-ultimatum-from-european-leaders/2015/07/13/4b6c2f2a-28f3-11e5-960f-22c4ba982ed4_story.html