The Refugee Crisis : The Biggest Population Movement Since WWII
The Refugee Crisis has become worse than that of WW2
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Syrians are automatically referred to as refugees due to the civil war. Among the thousands of refugees travelling through Europe there may also a few economic migrants who want a more economically stable life, but also there is a very slim chance that a Middle Eastern national with alternative motives may be allowed to freely enter.
Millions have fled the atrocities in Syria to find peace and comfort in other neighbouring countries like Turkey who have around 1.2 million refugees settled in, but they also flee to western countries favouring Europe and particularly Germany and the UK.
This has put pressure on both Governments to provide the safety of their countries for these human-beings desperate to find refuge in a safe country. Germany has responded to the calls and has lifted the asylum seeker process to make it much easier for them to settle and start to rebuild their lives. This has led to more and more refugees making the horrifically dangerous journey across the Mediterranean sea in UN-sea worthy boats from Turkey to Greece or Italy and then continuing to walk hundreds of miles to reach Germany.
EU rules state that migrants and refugees must be registered in the first EU country they land in, but with little opportunities in Greece and Italy - due to their political and economical uncertainties - many want to reach Germany and the UK who have better opportunities.
Hungary has been the only country trying to meet this law, many refugees have used trains as transport to reach Western Europe but Hungary was refusing refugees on to the trains causing massive crowds of desperate protesting people wanting to leave Hungary and continue on their journeys.
The reason the refugees don’t want to be registered in Hungary is mainly down to two reasons; one being that Hungary itself has a very low acceptance rate of refugees annually, with around 5% being accepted, and two being that Germany has said it will take hundreds of thousands of refugees. Finally after lots of pressure, the Hungarian authorities bowed down and allowed buses and trains to take them to the Austrian border to continue their journey.
The UK has come under fire for not allowing more refugees in to live. Last year we accepted 214 refugees and up to 5,000 other asylum seekers, which have found to be not enough to help control the humanitarian crisis and have compared the number we take to Germany who are miles in front of us.
However, the UK has given more than £900 million in aid to the camps on the edge of Syria to help buy food, water and shelter which is providing a safe place in their own country. Even so David Cameron has pledged to take 20,000 refugees by 2020. The refugees are going to come from the camps in Syria and neighbouring nations and none that are already in Europe. David Cameron has come under pressure to accept more refugees and help those who are already in Europe.
But we mustn’t forget that taking in refugees isn't the long term solution. We have to support Syria to stop their civil war and create peace again. We are attempting to do this by air strikes killing the militants determined to create chaos. However in the meantime this has caused more people having to leave their homes.
As a member of the EU we have a duty to help other EU countries which is why David Cameron is under so much pressure to help refugees, of course we as a country want to help them, but logistically we need to think whether we can support them. They come in search of a new home but if we can’t afford to feed, house and care for them, then they may be in a safe country but we wouldn’t be meeting our humanitarian morals if they end up living on the streets.
The support has grown significantly since the picture of a drowned young child washed up on a beach circulated in the media. Many support groups have opened and have received lots of donations from food to clothing which have been taken to refugees and migrants in Calais and sent to camps in Syria.
To slow down or even stop this humanitarian crisis every capable nation needs to house some refugees, but we also need to stop the militants that are set on destroying Syria and their people.