Refugees who are fleeing violence have become a nonsensical source of fear. Some say refugees will bring terrorism, that they won't be able to integrate, or that they will take people's jobs. But what can we take from the experience of Jewish refugees in Morocco's Chefchaouen?
These arguments against refugees are founded on chauvinism, But my goal here isn't to explain how these ideas are racist and inhumane, plenty has been written about that already. What I want to do instead is show, through some photos I took, how refugees can bring color and beauty with them. At this point you're probably wondering what the hell do refugees have to do with Morocco's blue city, Chefchaouen?
A lot. Chefchaouen was painted blue by Jewish refugees fleeing the inquisition in Spain.
Indeed, it was refugees who fled violence and persecution who brought the color and beauty that the "blue pearl" is now famous for throughout the world. Thanks to those refugees, Chefchaouen now attracts tens of thousands of tourists every year, keeping the town's economy afloat.
So whenever you hear someone talking about the "negative effects" of allowing refugees into "your" country, show them these photos and tell them to shut up: