Watched a program last night, following some of the many refugees heading to Europe from Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, etc. Apparently 40,000 have tried to get in so far this year. Obviously, many EU countries are overwhelmed (with extra waves as a result of the Arab spring), and with the current financial/eurozone crisis can't afford to help or house them, and governments (especially UK) will do anything to stop them arriving on their doorstep. But...risking their lives, falling into the hands of traffickers, climbing onto the axles of lorries to get over the border into the EU and ultimately ending up on the streets of Athens or in a detention centre in the UK, seems a really harsh end to an attempt to escape strife or seek a better life. Is there anything that can be done to help these people? Creating greater stability in their region would ultimately reduce some refugee numbers (but in the short term creates more - as with Afghanistan/Iraq/Libya). Would housing (rather than pure detention) centres help, where people can be 'held'/housed - and maybe offered minimum wage - or social security in return for menial jobs (on civic projects, or other schemes that achieved beneficial results), just to get ppl off the streets, fed and able to support themselves in some way? That way, they could at least be of some small benefit to the countries they arrive in, rather than either being stuck on the streets, locked up in centres, or receiving benefits with nothing in return? Maybe a hopeless situation - but just wondered what ppls thoughts/ideas are on this.