We wrote to complain about the refugees situation in Europe. We hope we got an answer!

English and Geography Departments.

IES Son Rullan Arquebisbe Miquel Roca, 10
07009- Palma de Mallorca
Balearic Islands – Spain

European Commission
DG Migration and home affairs
B-1049 Brussels

Dear Sir/Miss:

We are writing to complain about the refugees situation.

We are students of 3rdESO from a high school called Son Rullan, located in Palma de Mallorca (Spain) We write this letter to you because, even if we are 14 years old, we have the right to give our opinion. A few days ago, our Geography teacher showed us a documentary about the refugees in which we watched how many families suffered for fear of losing their lives risking not to be rescued. Some saw their whole families die in front of them. In their country there is poverty, wars, terrorism and the level of life is very low. They’re forced to leave their homes and flee to survive.

We complain because they sacrifice their lives to enter Europe after what they have suffered during a path between life and death. After a terrible experience some lucky people get in and suffer homelessness while the EU is not looking for solutions.

We are closing the borders and thus we are condemning them to death. Refugees haven’t got the basic needs to live (food, clothing, home, medicines…) Then, when they get into a country that isn’t at war, they are rejected or expelled from that country to the country from which they come from, because they don’t don’t want to take care of them.

The present situation is unsustainable, so we have decided to provide some solutions to the DG of Migration and Home Affairs. The possible solutions we would like to propose you are to build shelters in the EU countries, and giving them a period of 3 months of basic services and to help them to look for a job. There should be a minimum of refugees for every country. We also propose you to reform abandoned houses and offer to them provisionally or to allow refugees to enter countries with population problems, such as an ageing population or a low birth rate. To end, the EU could build homes, camps or shelters for refugees throughout the EU and not only in bordering countries such as Greece, Italy or Macedonia.

We hope we have helped you
Looking forward to hearing from you soon,
Yours sincerely,
3rd ESO C

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IES Son Rullan Arquebisbe Miquel Roca, 10
07009- Palma de Mallorca
Balearic Islands – Spain

European Commission
DG Migration and Home Affairs
B-1049 Brussels

Dear Sir/Miss:

We are writing to complain about what is happening to the refugees and give you some humble advices on how to solve it.

Last week we saw a documentary about refugees fleeing from different places of Africa because war, poverty and terrorism (Boko Haram) There are many shipwrecks that end with the death of hundreds of women, children, and men who flee their countries because of the economic breakdown, war, bad policies, lack of security or diseases.

We disagree with the number of rescue boats. The EU Comission should help with more boats to collaborate with NGO’s and prepare them to rescue refugees. In our opinion there would have to be more reinforcements to save more shipwrecks and we also disagree with not allowing the refugees to pass because every human being deserves to live. Last week we learned that they are paying to Turkey and Libya to have the refugees and keep them out of Europe so they do not travel. Not only that; we also know that during the refugees’ journey from their country to the EU they have very dangerous experiences. Indeed, when they finally arrive in Europe they are treated quite badly. They are treated like criminals and they stay in camps separated from the society.

It seems unfair to us that some countries do not allow the refugees to enter and that they have to return to their country of origin, where they have lost everything and they are in danger. It also seems unfair to us that certain countries discriminate them because they are only looking for a better life. They should facilitate the entry of young refugees into the education system give them medical care.

Here are a couple of proposals that, in our humble opinion you could do:
-Give them a decent home and facilitate them to find a job in the European Union for a limited time, until they could return to their country.
-EU Comission could select buildings that are unihabited to temporarily accomodate
refugees. We already have one in Palma, and we are thinking about collecting signatures to build another big center for refugees here
We hope we have helped you.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon,
Yours sincerely,
3rd ESOD

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Arquebisbe Miquel Roca
07009 Palma de Mallorca
28th November 2016

EUROPEAN COMMISSION
DG Migration and Home Affairs
B-1049 BRUSSELS

Dear Sir/Madam,

We are students of 3rd ESO at Son Rullan secondary school in Palma de Mallorca. We are writing this letter because we are studying the refugees’ problem and we would like you to solve it. We have been working really hard on this issue in the Social Science class and we think that it is very important to act now to prevent worse situations. As a result of that, we thought that it would be a good idea to write a letter about our opinion on this topic. We know it is very hard to handle this difficult situation, but we want to try our best to help (even if it is just a bit).

In the last weeks, we have been working with the news about the refugees to know more about their problems. We have seen some documentaries and we have read newspaper articles. We have concluded that there are a lot of people who cannot have a decent life. Many of them live in countries that are at war or are poor. Those people seek refuge and help because they cannot find it in their countries. For this reason, they decide to leave their country and try to reach another to find new opportunities, but most of them die on the journey or are saved by volunteers who risk their lives to help them.

We have also read that the EU must help them but that you are not helping them and, even, putting obstacles to a possibility to get a new life. It is not fair that you pay other countries like Libya or Turkey because you do not want them to come into Europe. They deserve a new life like ours, so we want to propose some solutions.

In the first place, we propose you to invest the money you are now paying to the transit countries in having more protection in borders and frontiers and building more refuges in good conditions (food, health…) for the refugees who are already in Europe and for the people who are planning to come here. In the second place, we propose to send more ships for humanitarian aid in search of the refugees lost in the middle of the sea.

Finally, on the one hand, one short term solution is to use the houses that banks own to shelter refugees because they are empty. Another possible solution is to give them food in exchange of a work. On the other hand, a long term solution is to find a solution to these conflicts so that the refugees can come back to their countries of origin.

Thank you very much for reading this letter. We would like you to consider our suggestions.

Yours faithfully,

3rd ESO students
IE Son Rullan

 

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