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Solidarity is humanity

16.12.2016

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Throughout history, migrations have been a bold reflection of an individual's will to overcome a crisis and live a better life. Today, the globalisation and progress in transport and communications caused a rapid increase in the number of people who have both the will and opportunity to move to a place where they can live better. This new era has created challenges as well as opportunities for societies around the globe. The connection between migrations and the development as well as their intermittent influence is becoming an increasingly topical subject.

Migrants are not only refugees, but also people who, in seeking better life, work and education or driven by the desire to be reunited with their families or due to other similar reasons, move from one part of a country, continent or world to another. While it is true that they are not under direct threat, we must not forget that poverty and hunger can both be like a deadly bomb.

Let us also not forget that our ancestors, and even the parents of some of us, were also migrants, who were initially foreigners in some place, perhaps even refugees. And last but not least, we should not forget that every year hundreds, if not thousands of Slovenians, especially young people, migrate abroad in the search of new opportunities offered by the increasingly interconnected world.

The challenges tied to migrations have never been such a burning issue as they are today. Therefore, the entire society should encourage tolerance and respect for human rights as solidarity in the face of adversity is in fact a reflection of humanity.

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