|Quoting Aesma (Reply 180):|
But they didn't start a civil war. They didn't send forces for the hell of it. They sent forces when the violence in the East erupted.
They sent in forces instead of sitting down and talking.
The violence that occured in the East that you are reffering to is exactly what those that overthrew the government did - mass protests and occupying government buildings.
One of those refugees I spoke to said exactly that: Why was it OK
for them to do, but not for us. Their concerns were not heard, they were not part of this whole Maydan deal and were pretty much told: This is how it is going to be. Nobody asked the East what they thought.
Rightfully they felt pissed off. Their demands were completely ignored and they were treated as garbage that was not worth talking to by the (at that time) completely illegitimate leadership.
|Quoting pylon101 (Reply 176):|
However, I am concerned that even with more than 1,000 accommodation centers throughout the country, we will not be able to manage such a wave of migrants. It's ca. 800,000 now.
|Quoting pylon101 (Reply 176):|
Sure the Russian society will absorb as many as wish to stay. Eventually.
I am concerned about this as well. However talking to the refugees that I talked to, I highly doubt they will be a burden on our society. They were all fairly qualified individuals that are in demand. And they are willing and eager to work and start new lives. Our government is not giving them handouts of money just for the fact that they are refugees. Yes, they have free accomodations, food and clothing and some allowance, but they seemed to realise that they cannot live this way forever.
Plus as you know there are many regions of Russia which lack enough skilled workers. These regions are starting to appeal to skilled refugees to move to those areas by providing free housing and other assistance to relocate to "less favourable" areas. This can be good incentive for someone starting a new life in a new place with nothing in their pockets.
I look forward to spending some more time chatting with them on the day we go flying.
Today I already arranged that the airport we will be using will waive all fees for our flights. The airport manager even offered join in on the charity rides with the AN
-2 they use for parachuting drops.
He also suggested contacting local media to shed light on my little quest.
On the other hand, there is a shortage of medical staff and educational staff as well. Many of those refugees belong to those professions and qualifications are mainly the same. Doctors and nurses will only have to undergo a short re-training program for more advanced equipment and they are good to go.
As for education, all of the schoolkids that I saw there were attending classes in various local schools (obviously they were not thrown into one but spread out). For college students it is more difficult as you only have so many spots and they were allocated back in May. Some of the students were lucky enough to get "extra" seats that were created specifically for refugees in local colleges, for free. Others I guess will have to wait untill next year to continue their studies and in the meantime find work.
Also keep in mind that Russia is a big country with a population of 140 million. Even 1 million refugees is a drop in the bucket if it is properly distributed. If all the refugees stay in Krasnodar and Rostov it will be a disaster. But if that number iis properly spread out throughout the country the negative effect will be minimal. Maybe even positive.
So far it doesn't look so bad. There's a couple thousand here in Kazan and more throughout Tatarstan. They were all sent here from refugee camps in Rostov from what I understand. Let's hope the Ministry of Emergencies doesn't get lazy. And with all of this attention they seem to be doing the best they can.
Important thing is the people I talked to are sincerely saddened to end up in the situation where they are forced to accept help. These are people that have not ever been in this situation and do not look like they want to be dependant for long. This is a great contrast to my former classmates and friends back in Canada that seemed to like being refugees and be given handouts.
I do not dream about movie stars, they must dream about me for I am real and they are not. - Alexander Popov