Our country shows lack of leadership in refugee crisis

Difference between Ireland and other countries is clear: in a word, leadership

7th August, 2016
Refugees mainly from Syria, Iran and Iraq are seen inside a registration camp owned by the UNHCR Pic: Getty

It is almost a year since the body of Syrian three-year-old Alan Kurdi washed up on a Turkish beach. Since then, Canada has taken in 29,000 Syrian refugees. Ireland has taken in 311.

The photographs of the drowned toddler provoked an international outcry. The Irish government responded by promising to take in 4,000 refugees (from Syria and elsewhere). In Canada, then in the throes of a general election campaign, the leader of the Liberal Party, Justin Trudeau,...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader

Trial

€1

Unlimited Access for 1 Month, €19.99 Monthly thereafter

Get basic

*New subscribers only

You can cancel any time.

Annual

€200

€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.

Quarterly

€55

€42

90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

2 Yearly

€315

€248

Unlimited Access for 2 Years

You can cancel any time.

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Share this post

Related Stories

Private rental sector remains strong despite Covid-19

How the programme for government will shape housing

Insight Niall Byrne 7 months ago

Comment: US must defuse Covid-19’s ticking time bomb of debt

Insight Todd G Buchholz 7 months ago

Comment: The recovery will be more U than V-shaped

Insight Larry Hatheway 8 months ago