The Ethics of the Syrian Migration Crisis
Keywords:ethics, migration, Syria, refugees, crisis, ethical problems, migrants
The Syrian migration crisis is one of the biggest social crises of the modern era. This is evidenced by the geographical spread of the consequences, the number of refugees in each of the host countries and other bare statistics. In the context of this crisis, the governments of the host countries are making efforts to solve many problems related to the political status of refugees, their psychological adaptation to new surroundings, economic challenges for the host countries, along with issues connected with the integration and socialization of migrants. However, not many of us think about the ethical side of the migration process. Moreover, sometimes such aspects as the violation of human rights, confrontation between the ethical principles of Islam and the secular culture of Europe, and confrontation between Christian and Islamic values are simply ignored. Nevertheless, all these “inconvenient” topics are breeding grounds for concentrating misunderstandings and developing zero tolerance towards migrants, and which have an impact on the overall outcome. The migration crisis is not a temporary “inconvenience,” not a desperate measure, it is a process of transformation of European society. We consider this process as a social evolution that can be in the best interest of all participants. However, this process is impossible without reaching a compromise on ethical issues. This article is devoted to examining the ethical dilemma of the migration crisis and finding ways of solving it.
Bartlett R. C., Collins S. D. 2012. Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.
Habermas J. (trans. Lenhardt C. and Weber Nicholsen S.). 1983. Moral Consciousness and Communicative Action, Cambridge-Massachusetts: MIT-Press.
Lewis R.D. 2006. When Cultures Collide, London: Nicholas Brealey International.
Lippmann W. 1921. Public Opinion, New Brunswick-London: Transaction Publishers.
McGarty C., Yzerbyt V.Y., Spears R. 2002. Stereotypes as Explanations: The Formation of Meaningful Beliefs about Social Groups, London-New York: Cambridge University Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511489877
Moving Stories: International Review of How Media Cover Migration (ed. A. White). 2015. London: Ethical Journalism Network. Retrieved from https://ethicaljournalismnetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/moving-stories-ejn.pdf.
Weaver G.R. 2000. Culture, Communication, and Conflict: Readings in Intercultural Relations, Boston: Pearson Pub.
Wellman H.C., Cole P. 2011. Debating the Ethics of Immigration. Is There a Right to Exclude?, Oxford: Oxford Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199731732.001.0001
Melʹnik G.S. 1996. Mass-Media: Psihologičeskie processy i èffekty, Sankt-Peterburg.
Metelev I.S. 2010. Socialʹnaâ ètika i migracionnyj opyt, Omsk.
How to Cite
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.