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Western world should be investing in South, Central, and Latin America to create better lives for people

Re: “The real refugee problem: as the number of migrants goes up, the willingness of host populations to receive them will inevitably go down,” (The Hill Times, July 15, by Gwynne Dyer). With reference to this opinion column, the one thing that stayed with me was what former Mexican president Vicente Fox said in a recent interview. He said very clearly that in order to prevent these kinds of tragedies, we should be investing in South, Central and Latin America just as the Marshall Plan did in 1948 when the U.S. offered more than $12-billion in aid to Western Europe. Countries in these regions are starving for foreign investments, but no one is paying much attention. There should be more writing by experts of the regions and MPs and ministers should be talking about this too. Mr. Fox was asked how to curtail refugees flooding the borders and he answered by saying, “Why do you think they want to come?” They want a better life which is denied in their own countries because of brutal leaders, dictators and poverty. I am saying have a Marshall Plan for countries in these regions and then they would have no reason to leave. I agree with him. We did not have to see the drowning of the father and his little girl and it could have been avoided and as he said again invest in this part of the world, not just China and Europe.

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