Learning from History: 1914 Refugees

Can we really learn from History? Some people think that we should look back to how Britain responded in 1914 to a refugee crisis to better decide how to deal the current problem in the EU. It was in 1914 that refugees from Belgian came across the English Channel in boats looking for a place of safety to live.

WWI Belgium Refugees

But could we look even further back in History to see how the country has repeatedly allowed refugees in to make Britain their home.

But is it fair to compare history with the current day? No two events are ever exactly the same. As the philosopher Heraclitus said: “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.”


2 thoughts on “Learning from History: 1914 Refugees

  1. I agree with statement witch says “No two events are ever exactly the same.” however they are pretty similar and people should learn from negative sides that it shows. For example is there’s a problem in britain with migrants OR refugees maybe Britain should say that they can have refugees only for certain amount of time and than they’d have to be taken over to another contry of safe place to live NOT IN ENGLAND.
    P.S. I think you shoul’ve taken few other examples of refugees going into another contry not only Britain.

    • I will have a look Gunita. Is there a country you’d like to hear about? I used to live in Germany so can try to find out more about them. Over the weekend there’s been chaos in Croatia and Hungary over refugees being allowed or blocked from entry.

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