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Global Refugee Crisis in the 21st Century

Updated on September 13, 2015

Civil war in Syria

Air strike
Air strike | Source

How The 21st Refugee Crisis Began

A wave of uprising against the dictatorial regimes swept the Arabic countries.From North Africa to Middle East. People rose to overthrow their dictatorial leaders.Some have been successful like in Libya where Colonel r Gaddafi was overthrown after the Western powers intervened and assisted the rebels while others have not succeded in the mission like in Syria.These wars have led to a rise in the number of weapons in the wrong hands. These wars have also offered a good training ground of the terror groups. Peaceful people find themselves in the middle of these crisis. The only option they have is to move to saferplaces like in Europe irregardless of the risks which are involved.

The emergence IS a hard stance Islamists group in countries like Syria, Iraq,Iran among others has worsened the situation. They are expressing all sorts of atrocities in the population. They have burned people in cages, amputated people and even raped underage girls in the name of “religion”.This has cause great fear among people of the areas which were once peaceful.

Syrian refugees in Budapest,Hungary,Central Europe

Budapest Keleti Railway
Budapest Keleti Railway | Source

Immigration and Numbers

Refugee are braving the cold nights in the seas, congestion in boats so as to escape the life threatening wars in their countries. The journeys are long, hundreds of mile and extremely dangerous. Irregardless of the death risks involved more and refugees are crossing Mediterranean sea. The number keeps on rising day by day. Some are losing their dear lives in the high seas due to waves and asphyxiation. There have been reports of others hiding in the bonnets and boots of cars despite the risks which are involved.

Europe has been the favourite destination for refugees from Syria and other middle East countries.They are arriving in great numbers thus becoming an issue of great concern.

Austria, Hungary,Italy,Greece and Germany have been the leading destination. Their governments are putting in place mechanisms which will help them handle the number.Poor countries like Turkey are struggling to handle the ever rising numbers.
The president of the United states of America Barrack Obama has told the Americans that they prepare to welcome at least 10,000 refugees from war torn countries.

Refugees crossing the Mediterranean sea

Irish Naval Personnel Rescuing Migrants
Irish Naval Personnel Rescuing Migrants | Source

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    • chef-de-jour profile image

      Andrew Spacey 

      3 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

      Refugees fleeing war and terror need our help, it's that simple. Right now the situation in Europe is becoming a bit messy, mainly through fear and bureaucracy and the large number of people involved, but the refugees are being helped, slowly. First we should help as much as we can - all governments and countries with money and space - and then we can start thinking about the causes and how to remedy the ills.

      It will take a long time!

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      Mel Carriere 

      3 years ago from San Diego California

      I think the solution was to never get involved in the first place. Certainly Quaddafi and Assad were barbarians, but throwing them out, and in the case of Syria trying to throw him out, created a vacuum which people even worse have filled. I think the blame lies solely with the West for intervening in politics in which we have no business, so I guess it is only fair to accept the refugees which we in part created. Great hub.

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      stella vadakin 

      3 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      James, I am very sad to read your article. This is a bad situation and I really am not sure of the answer. You have a very interesting hub. Great Job. Nice to meet you.


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