LBN’s Emily Collins reports that Europe is struggling with throngs of immigrants who have fled Syria and the civil war there that began in 2011 following the government’s crackdown on Arab Spring protests. Nearly two million people have migrated to Syria’s neighbor Turkey, six hundred thousand have fled to Jordan, and a million have gone to Lebanon, according to the UN’s refugee agency. MercyCorps reports that hundreds of thousands of refugees are making the hazardous effort to cross the Mediterranean Sea from Turkey to Greece, hoping to find a better life in Europe.
The migration has been dangerous at best, and not everyone has survived the voyage. Every news source, it seems, has shown the photo of Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian child who drowned with his brother and mother while trying to reach an island in Greece.
The death of the boy, and the recent standoff between hundreds of immigrants on a train and Hungarian police who stopped a train bound for Germany have prompted Germany and France to call for action on the part of European countries. The two nations are urging the EU to share the burden of the growing number of refugees from the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.
The growing number of immigrants will force countries to confront the issue of permission. How will countries admit the immigrants, and what will be necessary to comply with asylum laws? Germany is considering a quota system. Britain is insisting on the Dublin Regulation, under which displaced people should claim asylum in the first European Union state they arrive in.
The crisis is far from over. LBN will follow the story.
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