The Syrian Civil War

1497 WordsApr 8, 20166 Pages
Over the course of less than five years, the Syrian civil war has caused the displacement of over 10 million people of this nation. The rise of ISIS in conjunction with a corrupt government has left millions of men, women, and children without a country to call their home, and the branding of refugee status. Within the international system, sovereign nations have a responsibility to provide for these persons under the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (Cherem 2015). While this expectation for more well off nations to provide for those in need across the world may be the moral answer, it is certainly no small task. With an increasingly dangerous and destabilized global system, in which terrorist attacks such as the recent incidents in Paris and Brussels are becoming commonplace, there is hesitancy amongst many western nations to harbor these at-risk populations. Regardless of the risks that states incur when hosting refugees, many nations do have a moral obligation to provide for the innocent Syrians that have lost their homes. European nations with adequate resources available to support their populations that are politically and economically stable do not have the moral authority to block refugees from entering their state. However, if the mass admittance of refugees into a state would likely cause the nation’s collapse, that state should not be morally obligated to accept more refugees that it can realistically sponsor. The sovereign nations of the

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