Challenges Of The European Immigrant

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Taryn Ernst Professor Franks Intersections 19 November 2015 Challenges of the European Immigrant For the last year, people from the various regions of the globe have been fleeing their home countries and migrating toward several nations across Europe. What pushes them away and what draws them to their final destinations? Ascertaining a single motivation of immigration remains too complex to determine because a variety of factors and goals have lead to this grand movement. Several issues arise from increased numbers of immigrants who may or may not be finding what they seek. The most common reason for this sudden migration involves increasing violence in the home countries of the immigrants. Civil unrest in Syria has continued with…show more content…
Whether they seek education, employment, or housing, all of these immigrants must first be granted asylum. Ahmed Umar took the long voyage from Mogadishu, Somalia in hopes of arriving in Germany to find education and employment opportunities (Five Migrant Stories). Immigrants have come from within Europe as well. Poverty in the nation of Kosovo has driven its members to seek economic refuge inland. Kosovo has a nearly forty percent unemployment rate that affects women and children in a disproportionate manner. Kosovo remains Europe’s poorest country with a per capita GDP of £2,700, or about 2,900 US dollars. Approximately one-third of the population lives below the poverty line (Poverty Spurs). Some people leave their home countries in search of better social services. Ali Fellah left Iraq because there was a breakdown of services such as electricity, clean drinking water, and fuel. “I’m not thinking about me. It’s about the future for my son” he says. Diseases spread quickly and sufficient services were not available. He also felt threatened by the government of his home country. Fellah could not see a future for his son if their family stayed in Iraq (Five Migrant Stories). Sara Arbini decided to leave her husband in Syria in order to gain access to proper medical care. She says, “It’s like we went back 200 years.” Finding work, clean water, and electricity became
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