Apple Accepting Red Cross Donations Through iTunes to Support Migration Crisis

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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64 months ago

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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64 months ago
Most of those aren't migrants/refugees; they are opportunists.
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64 months ago
While they are doing a good thing, throwing money at it really isn't going to solve this problem...
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64 months ago

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!
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64 months ago
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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64 months ago
Sad that this story has to be in PRSI. Like its a controversial subject to help people fleeing torture and death.
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