Croatia Border Crack Down
Immigrants from Serbia have camped in Croatia since the beginning of the war in their country. They lack the basic amenities including food, clothing and shelter. Croatian government has been reluctant in welcoming the immigrant to share its resources because they fear eruption of conflicts between the locals and the new comers. Of late, the country has announced the closure of its borders to discourage immigrants from coming into the country. In addition to stretching the available resources, immigrants have brought unnecessary pollution where they dump their belongings along the highway. Among these were old blankets, clothing and plastic.
The ethical issue in this case is the process initiated by the Croatian government to close the border. This would see many of the refugees perish due to lack of food and other basic amenities. United Nations gave a directive to its members to allow immigrants share their resources. The move by Croatia is contrary to the humanitarian work and aspiration to save lives. One more ethical dilemma is how transportation was handled by the state. Children and adults would get into the train from the windows hence risking their lives. It appears that no one cared to restore order during transportation (Bilefsky A4).
The two scenarios have implications both to the nation as well as the individual immigrants. Closing the gates to keep the victims freeing from war at bay increases their agony and frustrations. Moreover, some may end up losing their lives. It is therefore unethical to turn a blind eye towards the victims. Consequently, the country risks being issued with travel advisories for violating the humanitarian rules outlined by the United Nations. Though population increase is not proportional to the resources available, the country can be able to lobby for help from the members of the United States nations.
The second scenario is about the means of transportation used. A huge number of immigrants were transported by rail to various cities. The handling of immigrant during transportation and boarding brought about ethical issues. Relatives would be seen pulling siblings from the windows. Risking the lives of young ones is one of the major sins that one can commit. No matter the situation, life must be respected and handled with dignity. Government should have managed the situation by deploying enough security personnel to restore peace and calm. The humanitarian crisis is the biggest since the World War II. Some immigrants feel unwelcomed in foreign countries and aspire to go back to their nations despite constant attacks (Spinoza and Parkinson 45).
In reasoning out the ethical issues involved, one focuses on the right thing to do or should have been done by the parties. Victims were looking for peace as well as running for their dear lives. Any move by government to discourage exodus is uncalled for. It is viewed as a way of accelerating suffering instead of finding alternative means of living. Croatia would argue that its economy is not stable enough to sustain its population as well as the immigrants. Foreign assistance from international institutions such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees helps fill the gap created by refugees. Unfortunately, Croatia among many other countries in the region opted to seal their boarder. In situations where people lose their lives due to unwarranted circumstances, the government is liable because it is mandated to protect people by providing sec
Bilefsky, Dan. “17,000 Migrants Stranded in Croatia by Border Crackdown.” The New York Times [New York] 18 Sept. 2015: A4. Print.
Spinoza, Benedictus, and Parkinson, G H. R. Ethics. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2012. Print.
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