Tyndmyr wrote:Makeshift armies are by their nature, kind of terrible, too. Sure, if you have volunteers, maybe make a program to utilize them, but a great many refugees are not of appropriate age, health, etc for combat. That's...sort of inherent in the whole refugee thing.
1) Too cowardly to defend their homes? Not really selling themselves as the perfect immigrant.
Cowardly, meh. Sick, malnourished, injured, perhaps. Combat zones are not really healthy places to be, and travel also tends to be rough, especially when it's on foot/via improvised boats/etc. So, you're going to see higher rates of these things.
Plenty of age related stuff too. That 60 yr old might be alright as a cobbler or whatever his profession is, but probably is rubbish as an infantryman. Also, likely lacking the experience.
2) If they aren't the appropriate age/health/etc for a military, they aren't going to be of much benefit as an immigrant. As for combat, IIRC you are ex-military yourself, you of all people should know that the vast majority of jobs in the military are in support. Able to fix a truck? Awesome! Mechanics are far more valuable than bullet-sponges!
In a modern military, yes. In an ad-hoc militia, not so much. Building them a modern military taking the country back, while an interesting thing to consider, is not a short term or inexpensive proposition. Look at our efforts to build a military in Iraq. It was neither fast or cheap, but it wasn't enough to be terribly great, either.
It's not impossible, but it's not an option you're gonna take because it's cheaper.
3) We don't have to send them all back. Maybe something like "women and children accepted, men go back to fight"
I wouldn't mind supporting those who do want to go back and make a difference. Including militarily. But that is something entirely separate, above and beyond the dealing with the refugees issue. Mostly, you have to pay the costs of them being refugees anyways, put money into training and equipping them to be effective, and once they're at that stage...export them.
Economically, it's just going to be more costly.
Plus, forcing is generally less effective than just sending volunteers. Volunteers are motivated. People forced to go, not so much. You don't want folks that'll just waste your expensive training, and sell off your expensive weaponry at the first opportunity, then attempt to go elsewhere. That's just a waste of resources. There's a reason modern militarys aren't terribly enthused about drafting anymore.