If you are safe in one place but wish to get a better life with better prospects for your young family, what risks should you take to achieve your ambition?
Most parents would consider the risk of death as being an excessive risk . Loading your family with very young children into a dinghy already filled beyond its capacity and then attempting to cross ten miles of a sea to reach a place that has the same prospects as the place you are living in, but from that new place you may achieve a place where your prospects are better, as being an unacceptable risk.
Parents have a duty to protect the lives of their children, not to endanger them.
Yet today many families are crossing the Mediterranean Sea in dangerous conditions. Those that survive, having crossed the sea, load themselves into trucks where some of them suffocate on their way to what they believe to be the place of hope.
I can understand those families who are in fear of their lives risking their lives and the lives of their children to escape to a place of safety. I cannot understand those who have escaped to a place of safety risking their lives in an expectation that they will get better lives, materially, in a different place.
It is not right to risk the lives of your children in these circumstances.
We rightly concentrate on the plight of refugees, but must not be uncritical when they risk the lives of their families.