6 October 2015
European Refugee Crisis The ongoing migrant and refugee crisis in Europe has recently grown to new heights and is the biggest, most deadly one in the world. Migrants and refugees from the Middle East have been finding risky, unorthodox ways to flee from their different countries to seek shelter in a new safer country in the European Union for many years now. This crisis has only recently drawn the media’s attention because of its rapid increase in size and fatality. Many innocent people are dying, getting injured, or being sent back home on their breakout from their dangerous home countries, and the responsibility of finding a new home for these people lies on the European Union. As one …show more content…
Those three countries alone make up over 60% of the total migrant traffic. Migrants find multiple ways of making the trek to their desired countries. So far this year, over 470,000 refugees and migrants have crossed the Mediterranean Sea (Taub). Taub claims that they have also been traveling on land, by piling onto trucks, hitchhiking, or even walking. Germany and Italy have seen the greatest numbers coming in, but many other wealthy European countries have had issues with huge numbers of migrants trying to cross their borders as well.
People don’t usually pile onto boats and trucks, illegally crossing borders and risking their lives just to find a nicer place to live. So what are the terrible things happening to cause so many people to flee their home countries and take such desperate measures to do so? In the article “Things to Know About Europe 's Migrant Crisis at Land and Sea,” Michael Martinez of CNN points out that “The reasons for the mass movement are as varied as the nationalities of the people involved.” Most of the migrants are fleeing war, persecution, and terrible economic states (Martinez). Taub provides an even more specific answer to the “why” question regarding this crisis. Over four million people have fled Syria in the last four years because of their ongoing civil war. Taub observes the current Syrian civil war situation with a detailed description:
Bashar al-Assad 's regime has targeted civilians ruthlessly,
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Shawn Pogatchnik shows how important the fact that so many migrants are trying to flee to Germany and other EU countries by using statistics. Pogatchnik states that the EU countries “...has seen more than 332,000 migrants enter so far this year.” He also says that Germany “...is expecting to take in 800,000 migrants in this year.” When people read the article, they realize that what is going on must be bad enough for hundreds of thousands of people to want to flee their own country to enter another European country.
The refugee crisis is a hotly debated and controversial topic all over the globe relevant to today. The rising number of refugees arriving in the European Union has significantly increased throughout the past few years. The controversy comes from not the refugees themselves, but from where they are emigrating from. Coming from extremely hostile and dangerous countries operated by the Islamic State militants, there is a sense of hysteria from the opposing side saying that there are risks that need to be factored in when accepting such a large amount of people from places where there are high concentrations of terrorism into their home countries. On the other side of the argument, the advocates for refugees are proclaiming that as humans we have moral obligations to give the quintessential helping hand to humans whenever one is in need, regardless of their situation or circumstances. Through social activism these proponents are seeking to
Women, men, and children from West Africa are migrating to Europe because of the instability and violence that is taking place in Syria, Iraq, and Eritrea. According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), “About 710,000 people” are crossing the european border. The vast migration is causing an increase on human trafficking, since traffickers and smugglers are taking advantage of the refugees. The IOM is reaching out to European countries “to spend more resources against sex trafficking,” in order to relocate and reduce the amount of refugees that are being victimize. A plan to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees in the United States has being criticize because people are concern about the national security of the nation. The GOP presidential candidates are against the resettlement program. According to them the Syrian refugees post a threat to the national security of the United States. While, the Democratic presidential candidates want to increase the number of refugees that are going to be admitted. The refugees crisis has become the worst humanitarian Crisis in the world today. As citizens we have to sympathize with them and provide a
It was reported by United Nations that more than 300,000 migrants have set out from North America and the Middle East on the Mediterranean Sea for Europe this year, which is more by 40 percent than in all of the last year. In addition to that, “on any given day now, hundreds of people, perhaps thousands, are drifting in ships or clinging to boats that are little more than inflatable rafts and in a recent 24hour period, the Greek coast guard rescued a thousand people in the Aegean Sea” (Borgia ,2015). And those are children and old people, Middle-aged parents with their possessions and their kids on their backs, professionals who have left their jobs and homes behind, and laborers whose neighborhoods and industries have collapsed in wars (Borgia
In early spring of 2011, a civil war broke out in Syria. This war has endangered the lives of millions Syrian citizens. To escape the danger and civil unrest, millions of Syrian citizens have fled to other, less dangerous parts of Syria and neighboring countries such as Jordan. This large influx of emigrating Syrians has now become known as the “European Refugee crisis”. The millions of Syrians who have fled their home in an attempt to escape the warzone in their own backyard, have been forced to sacrifice their jobs, comforts, and financial stability. These refugees are living under ramshackle housing in overcrowded makeshift camps with extremely harsh conditions. Although they are safe from war, they have new challenges in conquering starvation,
First, migration can be seen in the 21st century in Syria. Though the country has been going through a civil war, what people seem to ignore is that the country has been struggling through an 11-year drought; causing about 1.5 million people to move from the countryside
Increases in human trafficking is also directly connected to the political conflict; with over 9 million refugees fleeing the country in nations via Lebanon and Egypt (), countries that are fragmented such as Libya have become important bases for terrorists groups to “operate with almost complete immunity.” they are being deceived and taken advantage of by smugglers. Most migrants are coerced to work for months in stops on the smuggling routes, where sexual violence and physical abuse is common at the hands of smugglers and fellow refugees alike. (NYTIMES) These victims of oppression believe they will be given safe passage to the West, notably to Northern European countries, when in reality they are put on a hazardous journey. This past January alone, at least 113 refugees died at sea in attempts to reach Europe. To prevent further deaths of innocent victims, it is crucial that something must be done. For militia groups, illegal migration is one of the “largest sources of income in Libya” since the fall of Gadhafi. This crisis has also become a “self-inflicted refugee emergency.” With the attitudes of local communities towards refugees hardening, Syrian refugees have been making the journey now before they are completely ostracized and the weather is
The Syrian refugee crisis has received massive media coverage. People around the world are trying to comprehend the desperate, complicated situation surrounding Syria. The civil war in Syria is the worst crisis in our time. Syrians upset at the fact that long promised reforms have not been enacted, began anti-government demonstrations which started the civil war in 2011. The peaceful protests turned ugly, with the government violently putting an end to those protests. Afterward, ordinary citizens took arms, causing the situation to escalate. Syrians are fleeing their homes because of the great violence, which have left thousands dead and millions wounded, a collapsed infrastructure, resulting in a shattered economy, and for the safety of the children. Syrians are either streaming to surrounding countries or risking their lives to travel to Europe.
Most of these being countries are involved in the European Union. The European Union is an area known as the Schengen Area. This area has an open border policy which allows people to travel freely between countries. After entering one country in this area, it is extremely easy to move between the rest of the countries. Not only are these countries easily accessible, but they are much more protected than Syria. These two pull factors are obvious reasons for immigration; however, this immigration could potentially make the Union more dangerous. The loss of life is tremendous and unacceptable; the methods of travel in order to arrive to Europe are treacherous and the extreme culture clashes lead to violence. The most significant factor involved with the migration is one that absolutely cannot be ignored: terrorism. When these violent ideas are brought to light, it becomes evident why the borders must be closed.
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 (usnews.com 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.
In the 21st century in developing countries there are a large number of foreign people fleeing their countries of origins to arrive into first world nations such as the united states and western Europe. The news have been publishing a “migration crisis”, which is many people from the middle east and other unstable countries –e.g. Syria, Iraq, Palestine, Eritrea etc.- and arriving in western Europe in almost millions each month and thousands each day. The reason for that is because their countries of origins are not safe places live in causing their life to be in danger
The European refugee crisis began in 2015, when a rising number of refugees and migrants made the journey to the European Union (EU) to seek asylum. Refugees are people who have been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster. According to the data that was shown in Business Standard and also confirmed by BBC News, the top ten nations which account for 90% of the sea arrivals in 2015 were: Syria (49%), Afghanistan (21%), Iraq (8%), Eritrea (4%), Pakistan, Nigeria and Somalia (2 %), Sudan, Gambia and Mali (1%). Also the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees confirms that the top three nationalities of refugees are Syrian, Afghan and Iraqi. Of the refugees and migrants arriving in Europe by sea in 2015, 58% were men, 17% women and 25% children. (Wright, 2015). According to Eurostat, EU member states received over 1.2 million first time asylum applications in 2015, 4 countries (Germany, Hungary, Sweden, and Austria) received around two-thirds, while Latvia received a very small part of them.
Syria went from beaches to bombs. From deserts to disaster. From mountains to machine guns. How could a nation rip it’s own seams out? How could one conflict displace almost 4 million people? There are two theories as to how the refugee crisis started. Both of them beginning a very long time ago, as far back as World War 1. Just knowing how the conflict begun is still not enough to offer a concrete plan to end the crisis. An analysis of the Syrian refugee crisis concludes that although there are many solutions that could bring ease to the refugees, most would disrupt the nature of other cultural systems or states and Syria, as it stands today, is relatively young and shaking out the folds and re-balancing their ideals is to be expected and repeated.