Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 17 July 2019

Some refugees are fleeing persecution, others economic hardship

Readers weigh in on Merkel, refugees and transport methods

Rohingya refugees cross the Bangladesh-Myanmar border. Mohammad Ponir Hossain / Reuters
Rohingya refugees cross the Bangladesh-Myanmar border. Mohammad Ponir Hossain / Reuters

In reference to your article, Permanent resettlement is the only way to resolve the refugee crisis (September 2), the UAE was the only Arab country last year to offer to take in Syrian refugees. The majority have gone to Europe. At first, the European public was broadly sympathetic to their plight, but it then became apparent that the some were not refugees at all, but rather people on a quest for better economic opportunities (who had enough money to pay traffickers and leave their home countries bereft of essential professionals). Indeed, these people are unlikely to return.

Andrew Preston, Abu Dhabi

Merkel has done some questionable things

I refer to your article, Merkel makes U-turn over Turkey EU membership in debate with election rival Schulz (September 4). Mrs Merkel will say anything to get herself re-elected. In my opinion, she lured migrants to their deaths through an invitation to Europe. It was an invitation without rules, guidelines or even a safe passage designated for refugees passing through borders. Now, she chooses to attack Turkey, having previously backed it and promising billions to halt the flow of migrants that she instigated. She certainly seems to have aspects of a globalist philosophy entrenched in her mantra: replace nationalism with a love of government and a cult of politicians who aren't answerable to the people they lead. Mrs Merkel, who is widely considered to represent Europe, was never elected to that position. It would be unwise in the extreme to accept any proposals put forward by her, as she has no line of authority behind her in Europe, only the illusion of authority, which is beginning to unravel.

Davos Williams, Dubai

A lot can be said for and against school buses

In reference to your article on school buses (School buses remain unpopular among parents, September 4), my suggestion is to build schools in zones so students can go to a school near where they live.

Tayyeb Shah, Dubai

Dropping my children off in my car is faster for them. It takes 20 minutes by car versus 50 on the bus.

Frederic Beaugrand, Dubai

Bus lanes would go a long way. They would keep buses out of harm's way.

Haroon Rashid, Dubai

You can't force parents to put their children on buses if they don't want to do so.

Victor Crainic, Dubai

I always drive my kids to and from school because I fear the way other motorists change lanes without warning.

Tanya Milbourne, Abu Dhabi

How about cheaper school transportation rates?

Samy Tabei, Dubai

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Updated: September 5, 2017 06:49 PM