URBAN CORE is a private company that creates solutions to societal challenges – in this case, the international refugee crisis affecting more than 60 million people in over 1000 refugee camps.
We are facing a global financial crisis, with 60 million people displaced around the world. Of these, 20 million have left their home countries, two million have applied for asylum in a new country, and 40 million are internally displaced within their own countries (according to Danish Refugee Council figures).
The capacity of these countries to provide sufficient energy, healthcare and education are, as such, unable to cope with the continuous population increase. At the same time, the political will to carry on accepting refugees is dwindling. Europe has, to a lesser but still significant degree, experienced during the course of this fall the effects of a lack of initiative and timely response at home.
If therefore, we take responsibility, show the way forward and enter into binding commitments to humane solutions in neighbouring countries, we can contribute to better conditions for both refugees and the hard-pressed populations of their host countries.
We must recognise that refugees, just like anyone else, are able in many ways to provide for themselves. It is necessary for decision makers to recognize that refugee groups want and are capable of autonomy as well as economic and political self-sufficient. A clear framework must therefore be provided for a normalised existence with opportunities for taking part in socially and culturally constructive initiatives, farming, production of clothes, aiding healthcare, repair work and creating and supporting infrastructural frameworks.