The Workers Party has called for immediate international humanitarian assistance for refugees and has demanded an end to the US and NATO interventions in Syria, Libya and Iraq which have provoked the current crisis.
‘The suffering of those forced to seek refuge in Europe due to the destruction of their home societies is an indictment of the current political establishment in Europe. The images of the dead being washed on to the beaches of the Mediterranean should stand as the defining epitaph of the EU’s immoral agenda.
The resettlement of refugees is currently the responsibility of the government at Westminster but the Workers Party is calling for the Stormont administration to be given those powers and to welcome refugees and asylum seekers to Northern Ireland.
Humanitarian ‘It is our moral and legal obligation to ensure those fleeing conflict are provided with immediate humanitarian assistance including onward travel to areas where suitable accommodation and support is available to them. Instead refugees are being forced into the grip of human traffickers and as we have witnessed many, including young children, are dying as a result’.
US and NATO involvement in Syria, Iraq and Libya has been and remains responsible for the scale of the conflict and the resultant exodus and human suffering we are witnessing on Europe’s borders.’
Welcome Northern Ireland will willingly welcome the victims of the US and EU policy in the Middle East and North Africa. We must do so now and we must also ensure the end of the US, NATO and Gulf states role in destabilising the middle east and surrounding regions.