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Comment: Floating hotels are no solution.

WHEN a country opens its doors to refugees an awful lot of problems open up too.

Possibly not the least of them is where to put the people washed on to our shores by the tide of intolerance and violence that has forced them to flee their own homes.

Resentment and hostility is bound to be unleashed upon the bewildered strangers.

That's a problem that can get worse as time goes by and careful vigilance is needed to make sure new forms of bigotry do not taint the community.

The more pressing logistical problem of accommodation needs careful handling.

Land and housing are scarce enough and expensive too.

But floating refugee camps are not the answer.

They conjure up images of prison hulks where captives were left to rot during the Napoleonic Wars.

Hardly the right start to integrate families into the community.

John O'Donoghue needs to think again if he is to follow a humane policy for people who come here in despair.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 4, 2000
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