It’s time to help - Children of the Jungle

SOME of the deep, heartfelt concerns about how Europe will cope with an unending flow of migrants and how those destitute people might be assimilated — or even if they want to be assimilated — into our way of life are entirely justified and must be resolved sooner rather than later.

In this context, we are a part of Europe and must, if we want to call ourselves even tolerably humane, be part of the resolution of the greatest humanitarian crisis of our time.

The closure of the Jungle — the shanty town built by refugees at the French port of Calais — has pushed the issue up the Irish agenda. Our Government faces a cross-party motion calling for the “immediate” relocation of around 200 of the 1,400 unaccompanied children who may be cast to the four winds after the camp’s closure.

Yes, of course there are concerns. Yes, of course there are difficulties — domestic and international. But surely we are capable of a positive, generous intervention? Or, as Sr Consilio described it, are we going to slink back into the shadows again? Surely not.

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