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The Refugee crisis: What happens next?

What will happen once the refugees arrive?

The Refugee crisis: What happens next?

Refugees waiting for decisions and agreements to be made.

Jade Parker

W!ZARD News Author

Governments across Europe have set quotas as to how many refugees they will allow into their countries; however the real question is: What will happen once the refugees arrive? Will they be welcomed or will they be viewed with contempt by European citizens?

Within Europe the attitude to refugees has been dramatically different. For example, in Germany refugees have been welcomed into train stations with gifts and songs, whereas in Austria refugees are being forced to sleep on the street after their attempts to purchase train tickets were rejected.

Germany have been at the forefront of the campaigns to make sure refugees feel welcomed and are able to settle into the country. Housing and healthcare have been easily accessible to refugees and the German people are pushing their government to continue to do more.

Many individuals in Germany and others across European countries are taking this a step further by opening up their homes to refugees, including a high profile example when the Finnish Prime Minister recently opened up his own home!

In contrast to this warm welcome, there have been outrageous images released this week of Hungarian journalist Petra Lazsio side kicking and tripping over refugees, attempting to cross the border from Serbia. These images have caused outrage, as people become even more aware of the atrocities that refugees are escaping, such as the horrific acts of the Islamic State.

The horrific acts of the Islamic State and shocking images of refugees, such as the young boy Alan Kurdi who died during the passage into Europe, have put pressure on individual governmental bodies to allow set numbers of refugees in. However there is still a lack of collaboration between countries.

The European Union and United Nations have pushed for unity among countries. However the meeting of EU ministers in Brussels recently failed to come to a unified agreement on the relocation of 120,000 refugees, with the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia governments failing to agree with the quotas set.

Hungary has been at the forefront of the news surrounding the refugee crisis this week, as they constructed a barbed wire policed fence and made it a criminal offence to damage the fence or attempt to cross their border from Serbia. This, along with temporary border controls in Germany and the death of 22 refugees on a boat from Turkey, indicate that plight of refugees is unlikely to improve quickly.

Ultimately countries across Europe need to act collectively and quickly to prevent more inhumane acts taking place in the coming weeks. Both policy and attitudes towards refugees need to change to allow this.

One thing is for sure, the movement of thinking away from evaluating refugees according to their economic benefit and rather thinking each life matters equally, will shape the way in which refugees are able to settle and adapt to their life in a new country.

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