It's probably at this point that we evaluate how life has become so worthless
I would wager if it were British people or even French people the attitude would be different. However its Syrians and they are able to turn a blind eye in the same way you are to the plight of people in the Donbass or Darfur. As a nation we have always had a surplus of resources beyond poverty to help people. You still have homeless people on the street of London, let alone the rest of the world. I keep saying there is a difference between people caring and feeling that have to personally act towards addressing the problem.
As I said its existing funding commitments, there is no additional borrowing or budget cuts. This use of the foreign aid budget is actually Osbourne assuring the British people that they won't have to give anymore than they already do, and funding of their services will be compensated adequately to take the additional strain. Its actually quite a cynical move.
But the answer here is not to accept our predicaments and continue the cycle.
Depends how it seen, humans grouping is general driven by self interest either by conflict and competition, mutual benefit, or personal security. People don't usually associate unless it benefits them, or at the very least doesn't inconvenience them. The last point is the basis of internet activism.
I don't see why that would be the first stepping stone.
Not the first just one more. As said if being homo sapien is the only commonality in Europe, its ceases to exist as anything more than geographical area. What becomes the difference between living in Britain and living in Spain, what affinity is there to people down the street more so than people in Romania?
You have the ability, you have disposable income, you have a parliamentary representative, you have the freedom to protest, and the freedom to live your life as you see fit. If this a matter of life and death, I assume you are donating money, have written to your MP, attending the matches this Sat in London, possibly taking a break in your studies or career to work for a charity or aid organisation? Which of those, largely free methods, are you going to be doing over the following months and if not why not?
It would render the vast majority of opinions useless in fact
You are talking about a change, so the position of doing nothing if you support that status quo. The UK's border policy and EU exemptions means, they have no requirement to accept anyone, no actions is required to change the outcome. Its not about opinions, opinions are of little use. We were talking about caring, empathy, not simply an opinion on the subject. The point was empathy or lack of is irrelevant if the situation does not change. Unless you have enacted some of the suggestions I made above, whether or not you care makes no difference to the situation. Refugees don't need your cares, they need food water and shelter, and unless your cares are translating into actions through which they achieve those things, your views being more empathetic are of little use. Displaying your opinion to your MP could influence his position and change the position of the government, caring does not.
It's no coincidence, but it's not that big an issue,
As someone who I assume is non white non Christian. I would say it should concern you as a big issue, because you'll be on the receiving end should a party like UKIP gain more popularity. Politicians sense to mood and will tailor their stance accordingly. From the Jews in Europe, the Blacks and Irish in the US, the Tatars in Russia, being a group on the wrong end of unchecked nationalism should be a big concern.
when you factor in that the vast majority of xenophobia stems from low income, uneducated households
These people still vote though, you don't get two voters for having a degree. They are citizens and if they don't take priority over non citizens, citizenship is largely meaningless. Which is another part of the death of society, "so what if you're British, who are you to me more than the next man?"
There's no line of defence for the UK anyway
I would say that is emotional guilt tripping, unless you can quantify that debt, how do you know when its paid or how much is owed? Historically speaking my relatives are certainly victims of the British slave trade, am I owed reparations? As a British citizen am I funding my own repatriations? How would you even set about decided when the debt has been paid or is it eternal? Are we deducting the UK aid contributions or the individual contributions of people and NGO's? You could simply counter the entire point with, 'that debt has been paid' its arbitrary.
we all know who's fault the emergence of ISIS is...
100% the blame of the people involved, its ceases to exist without members. There is nothing about the war in Iraq for example that means a wealthy Emirati has to fund the mass murder of people. Jihadi John for example is from Kuwait (the irony there). Members of ISIS aren't blowing up Mosques, enslaving women and murdering other faiths/sects because of any western intervention, very few westerners are suffering as a result of their actions. Their personal motives and justification towards their specific victims is their own. On this point and the last I doubt you would justify the current behaviour of the Israeli state on grounds of previous experiences of the Jewish people over the last century? You cannot expect them to act in a human manner anymore than members of ISIS, regardless of their victims.