What it takes for the country to support refugees?
Whilst, initially, the UK taxpayer may have to burden the cost of refugees coming to the UK, in the longer term evidence has shown that we, as a country, are in need of more skilled, intellectual people. Many refugees possess an incredible amount of determination and courage, making them natural risk takers and are poised to overcome new challenges and help improve our society. “People fleeing across the national borders end up contributing disproportionally towards economic growth and living standards.” This is true for many refugees who come to the UK. For example, a Syrian Refugee who was forced to leave his home country after the civil war began in 2011, graduated in London as a doctor ten years after he first began medical school. Dr. Tirej Brimo has lived in four countries and 21 homes. At the time he had 10 months to finish his six-year medical course in Syria before fleeing and now has finally graduated as a doctor from St George’s University, London. He now wishes to pursue his dream of working in emergency medicine or trauma surgery. There are many refugee stories that were imaginatively encapsulated in the lyrics by the Proclaimers’ song “Scotland’s Story” which reflects the many successes of people who have migrated to Scotland.