Syria’s brutal civil war, which has been raging for years, seemed even farther away.
According to prevailing logic, because most individuals entering Europe irregularly are fleeing war-torn regions, they are refugees, not migrants, and should be referred to as such. Held up by British officials as a potential model for easing the crisis, the strategy has been blasted by critics as a unsafe abdication of responsibility at a time when Europe needs to hang together more than ever before.
Lutheran Social Services of Michigan, based in Troy, has been processing most of the refugees arriving in metro Detroit. “People across Syria are counting on it”.
Assad and his family feel the same way. Instead, they simply fly here on commercial jets.
On Tuesday, Snyder said that refugees can be an asset to Michigan’s economy, and that a few of them “were professionals; they were people who hire people and tend to create jobs”. He pointed out that only a small fraction have actually crossed into Europe.
On 22 September – after months of arguing between the different ministers inside the EU and against the opposition in particular of the eastern European governments – they decided on a new quota scheme to distribute 120,000 refugees across Europe.
The annual Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions increases the number of refugees to be resettled in the U.S.in the upcoming fiscal year from 70,000 to 85,000 – including the 10,000 Syrians. He cited the example of Hungary, which is building fences to keep out potential asylum seekers and has set an eight-day deadline to review applications that would appear to violate expectations of a fair process.
Only taking refugees who are still in the Middle East, after all, does nothing to ease the burden posed by the hundreds of thousands who are already in Europe.
Murray said that “it is still very early in this process” and unclear how many refugees would end up in Michigan, which takes in about 4,400 refugees from various places a year.
Szijjarto said that other countries including the United States – the world’s top overall host nation of immigrants – has also constructed barriers on borders. It was succeeded in 1946 by the worldwide Refugee Organization, which gave rise in turn to today’s Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
But where Britain errs, Betts said, is by treating resettlement programs as a substitute for what is known as “spontaneous-arrival asylum“. This leads people to take risks to bring themselves and their families to safety.
The huge influx, Europe’s biggest since World War II, has exposed deep rifts in the continent about where the newcomers should go and what should be done to stem the flow. There will be no additional Western aid to help these refugees. The change that would have the greatest positive impact would be the emergence of a new government in Damascus that was acceptable to the bulk of the Syrian people and a satisfactory partner for the United States and Europe.
Experts warn, however, that such crises won’t be resolved until world leaders address the many intractable conflicts now driving refugees from their countries.
One can also argue that Germany’s tough stand against debt forgiveness for Greece was not really contrary to its human face.
This insistence on using “refugee crisis” has extended to media outlets as well.
“Let me make it absolutely clear, Europe will not be able to carry this burden on her own”.
Countries need to “come to an understanding that migration is a mega-trend of our century and depoliticize it,” he said.
Halabi, for one, said he hopes it does.
In the asylum procedure they will have to start in any of the European countries, the authorities will check whether they fled a life threatening situation.
What role is the United Nations playing in the current crisis?