Some, like the now infamous photograph of Syrian man Laith Majid in tears clutching his two children just off the Greek Island of Kos, have ended happily.
So in practice, countries aren’t just deciding whether everyone is a refugee or everyone is a migrant they’re trying to separate one from the other, so that they can let the refugees in and keep the migrants out.
Incomprehensible levels of violence continue with all sides showing callous disregard for human lives or basic dignity.
More than 4 million people have fled Syria since the country’s civil unrest erupted in 2011.
All over the Middle East, many former allies of the European Union and USA have become increasingly cynical about their “spreading democracy” ideals and have thus come under the spell of the Pied Pipers of terrorism.
When refugees arrive on European shores, they have to be welcomed with dignity and respect. Supporting the education of these children helps families to remain in the region and have hope that they will soon return and no longer need to continue risky journeys to Europe and beyond. In a sit-down interview with The Post, its Deputy Director General, Laura Thompson, discussed the hardships of supporting refugees and migrants while underfunded, the European plan to disperse refugees throughout the continent and the US resettlement response. Surely the USA would set an even better example than countries such as Germany, who has valiantly pledged to accept 800,000 refugees this year.
It is also important to remember that while it may seem that most are headed to Europe, this is far from the truth. These countries have seen their populations swell as the war in Syria intensified.
At the same time, though, no one leaves her home country because her life is awesome.
He said intensive security screening could take up to 18 months. One of them, a 38-year-old from Lahore named Mohamed Rizwan, says he and several of his friends intend to buy an inflatable paddleboat and row it all the way to the Greek islands.
“I think they are making little effort; I think there is certainly room for improvement”, UNHCR Regional Rep. Monserrat Feixas Vihe told CBN News. But it remains grossly underfunded with a shortfall of $5 billion this year alone.
“People are very moved by these images and want to help, but at the same time, people need to realize that these people who have now arrived to Europe have actually been refugees for years“, adds Lina Sergie Attar, CEO of the Karam Foundation, a non-profit organization aimed at supporting Syrian families and refugees through sustainable development projects such as establishing an urban farm in Aleppo, Syria.
SINCE the death of toddler Aylan from Kudos in Syria, I have read and heard many comments regarding the future of refugees.
There is capacity and resources within Europe to handle the current caseload.
Frequently there are cases where people die fleeing their country amidst danger.
However, the solution is bigger than giving Syrians refuge and delivering humanitarian relief. When Daily Mail reporters quizzed Mohammad more closely, he called friends over to him and they insisted that around “30 percent” of those crossing over borders into Europe were not from Syria.
America’s failure in dealings with Syria lies at the root of the refugee crisis. Though Syrians still make up the largest share of people headed to Greece by boat-and have earned the lion’s share of the media’s attention-they have been joined by at least as many migrants from impoverished or war-stricken countries in Asia and Africa. These were client states of the US who in Cold War terms were anti-Communist and therefore had to be supported, even if these governments were anti-democratic and authoritarian.