The world stage is everchanging, and certain events can cause a cascade of effects. Many people migrate to escape problems in their country like civil war or lack of opportunities. These migrations, en masse, can cause issues within the host country, or even bring the problems from the original country to the migration destination. Some think of providing space for immigrants or refugees is a responsibility of the host country and, as many countries are “providing that space,” is not really a problem. However, most people think that mass refugee migrations such as the Syrian Refugee Crisis are problems that need to be resolved, and in a different way compared to what the nations of the world are doing right now.
The Syrian Refugee Crisis is a mass migration of Syrians from their homeland of the Levant to other countries due to their civil war and other kinds of political strife and violations of human rights. According to syrianrefugees.eu, an estimated 11 million Syrians have fled their homes since the outbreak of the civil war in March 2011. Among those escaping the conflict, the majority have sought refuge in neighboring countries or within Syria itself. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), 4.8 million have fled to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq, and 6.6 million are internally displaced within Syria.
Meanwhile about one million have requested asylum in Europe. Germany, with more than 300,000 accumulated requests, and Sweden with 100,000, are EU’s top receiving countries. Looking at all these big numbers, its hard to think that this event is not a crisis. Out of a survey of 30 people, 28 stated that the Syrian Refugee Crisis is a global issue that needs to be resolved in a different way than it is handled currently. The two people who disagreed, however, stated that the Syrian Refugee Crisis is a Syrian problem. I personally believe that it is a global issue and, as one interviewee stated, “nations of the world need to work together to resolve this issue.”