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La historia que olvidamos

BARCELONA – Resulta insólita la capacidad del ser humano para olvidar y descuidar todo aquello que no percibimos como amenaza en el momento presente. Parece que los europeos nos hemos olvidado de que fuimos los primeros amparados por el régimen internacional del refugiado. Fue precisamente hace un siglo, ante la gran cantidad de desplazamientos provocados por la Primera Guerra Mundial y la consecuente reconstrucción del mapa europeo. La comunidad internacional entendió que había que proteger a aquellos europeos que huían de la persecución por su raza, religión, nacionalidad u opiniones políticas.

Las tragedias de los últimos meses en el Mediterráneo, donde hemos visto cómo miles de personas arriesgaban y perdían la vida con la esperanza de hallar un lugar seguro, han conseguido que volvamos la vista hacia esta cuestión. No obstante, gran parte de las reacciones no han estado a la altura de las circunstancias.

Sólo en los primeros meses de 2015, más de 38.000 personas han cruzado a Europa desde las costas norteafricanas y 1.800 personas han fallecido en el intento (más del doble que en todo el año 2013). Ante esta catástrofe humanitaria es realmente sorprendente que tantos europeos se hayan mostrado a priori reticentes a aceptar a ningún refugiado más.

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