The Conflict Of The Syrian Refugee Crisis

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Since 2011, Syria has been engaged in a Civil War with protestors against the government and members of the extremist group ISIS, and approximately 7.6 million people have been displaced from their homes ( 2015). As the conflict destroys more homes and livelihoods each year, an increasing number of civilians have been forced to leave Syria and try to find safety elsewhere. Already a contentious issue, the Syrian refugee crisis has awakened tensions, both economic and social as debate erupts over what to do with the refugees.In response to the crisis, while some countries like Germany have pledged to help the refugees, (New Statesman 2015 1) only 2,340 have been admitted. Clearly, more needs to be done in order to help the refugees. Although there are economic and population concerns to be considered, the humanitarian conflict that faces the refugees and solutions already available are reason enough for Europe to increase the numbers of Syrian refugees allowed in.
Because Syrian refugees are fleeing terrorism and poverty as the conflict escalates in their home country, European countries have a moral obligation to help those who are forced to seek asylum. For instance, in their New Statesman article on January 17, 2014 (2014 1) on the UN meeting discussing increased aid for Syrian refugees and Britain’s refusal to accept any, the article states,
“Since the vote by parliament against military intervention last summer, Britain’s political parties have mostly
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