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Apple has added a banner to its U.S. website that allows customers to donate to the American Red Cross through the iTunes Store to support the refugee and migration crisis across the Mediterranean Sea and Europe. The donation tiers available include $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 and $200.

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All of the proceeds from donations, which are processed as regular iTunes Store transactions, are sent to the American Red Cross. Apple has run American Red Cross donation campaigns several times in the past for crises such as the 2015 Nepal earthquake, 2013 Philippines typhoon, 2012 Hurricane Sandy, 2011 Japan tsunami and 2010 Haiti earthquake.

Update: Apple will also make a "substantial donation" itself and match employee donations by 2-to-1, according to an internal memo seen by Reuters.
"Apple is dedicated to advancing human rights around the world," Cook wrote in the message, seen by Reuters. "We hope the actions we're taking will help make the situation less desperate for some, and ease the hardship so many are enduring."
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Article Link: Apple Accepting Red Cross Donations Through iTunes to Support Migration Crisis
 
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ProjectManager101

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While they are doing a good thing, throwing money at it really isn't going to solve this problem...

My friend... the problem has not even started. This is going to be like Katrina: the tragedy after the tragedy. Because all those refugees are coming to a new country and they do not have jobs nor experience with the new culture... nothing! And they are going to need everything, housing, education, health, food. And we are not talking about a few people but thousands! That will destroy the economy of every country and take resources from the locals who will get very upset because this is not something that will be for a month, it is something that will last for 10 or 20 years. Robberies and prostitution will start to happen in no time. Drug dealers too. It is going to be bad!
 

TechZeke

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My friend... the problem has not even started. This is going to be like Katrina: the tragedy after the tragedy. Because all those refugees are coming to a new country and they do not have jobs nor experience with the new culture... nothing! And they are going to need everything, housing, education, health, food. And we are not talking about a few people but thousands! That will destroy the economy of every country and take resources from the locals who will get very upset because this is not something that will be for a month, it is something that will last for 10 or 20 years. Robberies and prostitution will start to happen in no time. Drug dealers too. It is going to be bad!
I have nothing against the refugees and can only imagine what they are going through, but Germany made a huge mistake in my opinion letting all those refugees in with thinking about it first. I wouldn't let a single refugee in my country unless all the EU countries agreed to a quota first.
 

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I don't feel comfortable donating knowing that chunks of this money will go to ISIS fighters who are using this as an opportunity to place agents around the world. There's a reason why their fellow Islamic countries who are in the region aren't taking any refugees at all... And they all speak the same language and have the same culture.
 

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My friend... the problem has not even started. This is going to be like Katrina: the tragedy after the tragedy. Because all those refugees are coming to a new country and they do not have jobs nor experience with the new culture... nothing! And they are going to need everything, housing, education, health, food. And we are not talking about a few people but thousands! That will destroy the economy of every country and take resources from the locals who will get very upset because this is not something that will be for a month, it is something that will last for 10 or 20 years. Robberies and prostitution will start to happen in no time. Drug dealers too. It is going to be bad!

Well that's one way to look at it. Not the right way of course. In the Uk we have lots of migrants - This is not a migrant Crisis. It's refugee. Utterly different. This is not people coming to earn money to send home. There is no home anymore. It's all war torn and destroyed.

The issue is they perhaps see countries as a Utopia when they are not. Actual UK migrants coming here though choice are working 18 hour days 6-7 days a week and are shocked how expensive things are and they can't afford to live in a house. Utopia it is not.

The problem in the M.E. is massively complex and goes back hundreds of years. The fact is we have one little ball of rock to live on and 99% of bad things that happen are because of peoples beliefs and books from 2000+ years ago. It's insanity.
 

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Apple decides to do this only after Google starts doing it. :rolleyes: This is not doing anything. It will only perpetuate the situation over there. I do not know exactly what needs to be done, but this is not the answer. Eradicating ISIS might be a good start. Then these people could live in peace in their own homeland.
 

GrumpyMom

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While they are doing a good thing, throwing money at it really isn't going to solve this problem...
I think at the very least they're just trying to get food and blankets to people who are all massed together. Whether or not there are "opportunists" as another post stated, and possibly even terrorists among them, without a doubt there are thousands of confused and frightened children among them who don't have anything beyond what their parents could carry. They need some basics to help them survive at least the next few days and at best that's all this relief effort can reasonably expect to accomplish. So you're right, money isn't in the long run going to solve the problems as the bigger picture is a problem that is massive in scope.
 

Jmausmuc

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Most of those aren't migrants/refugees; they are opportunists.
I agree.
Angela Merkel messed up big time by welcoming so many of them.
Just look at the people that are coming.
80% are military aged men.
20% can't read or write, while the ones who can mostly only speak Arabic.
Less than 40% come from countries that are actually affected by war. Many others just want to live in more wealthy country's.

And, they all want to go to Germany only. Everyone wants to go to Germany. The border EU country's say they would take some of them but they do not want to stay.
I doubt that people who are seriously fleeing from war and oppression would only accept being rescued by one certain country.
 

GrumpyMom

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Apple decides to do this only after Google starts doing it. :rolleyes: This is not doing anything. It will only perpetuate the situation over there. I do not know exactly what needs to be done, but this is not the answer. Eradicating ISIS might be a good start. Then these people could live in peace in their own homeland.
You're right. I think though like I said in the other response this is just trying to get them fed and taken care of in the short term.
 

Jmausmuc

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Sad that this story has to be in PRSI. Like its a controversial subject to help people fleeing torture and death.
I can seriously only laugh at this comment. You have clearly not taken the time to gather some information about the topic before posting here.
 
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