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September 5th, 2013
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Yay for Sweden!
Sweden grants blanket asylum to Syrian refugees.

I believe that letting refugees live someplace where the society is working well is the simplest and most effective sort of humanitarian aid.

It's by no means a complete solution to disastrous societies, but it's decent and relatively cheap.

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Date:September 5th, 2013 03:35 am (UTC)
Yay, go Sweden; that's excellent news! I agree with you; people have to live somewhere, and getting them settled as quickly as possible in places where they have a chance to live well is a lot kinder and more efficient than dicking them around. I hope the Syrian refugees are happy in their new homes.
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Date:September 5th, 2013 04:04 am (UTC)
Not only that, but it also addresses a serious problem Sweden has, like other European countries, which is that its population is showing signs of shrinking to an unmanageable level.

There's a precedent, too, in Finland.

It's much better than bombing their home country.
Date:September 5th, 2013 07:10 am (UTC)
Just like that. They make it look so easy I'm ashamed to be from and living in countries that would rather treat asylum seekers and all other immigrants as a hostile invasion to be fended off at all costs.
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Date:September 5th, 2013 08:32 am (UTC)
Society works well because of a critical mass of citizens who buy into the culture. Certainly a dilution of some amount is swiftly remedied by naturalization, but isn't a mass influx of Syrians as bad for Sweden as it is good for Syrians? The reduce it to the absurd: to magically transport all the people of Syria into Sweden would be ruinous for Sweden: they would simply recreate the very same war in a new location. There is presumably some threshold of refugee population before Sweden loses whatever made it Sweden, whether its per capita wealth or culture or whatever. A blanket grant of asylum sounds pretty risky to me.
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Date:September 5th, 2013 06:55 pm (UTC)
The present case isn't similar to transporting all Syrians to Sweden. The refugees are a highly self-selected group: those who want to leave the country and have the means to get to Sweden. That eliminates most of the people for whom controlling Syria is a high priority and creates an unusually high proportion of people who are willing to deal with change (in climate as well as culture).

There certainly will be problems, as conflicts with Muslim immigrants in other European countries have shown. Europe in general hasn't shown itself to be very good at assimilation. But the problem should be manageable.
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Date:September 7th, 2013 11:22 pm (UTC)
If we could make a tolerable peace in Syria for the same money - or ten times as much - it would be more effective.

But I doubt we can.
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