Europe’s refugee crisis

Europe’s refugee crisis

16th October 2015 Analysis, Regional Document

In a time of instability and conflict s across the Middle East and North Africa, there has been an outpour of refugees  coming into Europe. Of particular concern are the south  and south – eastern  borders , where hundreds of thousands  of  people have arrived searching for asylum.  Ominous trips across Turkey and  into the Greek archipelago are  becoming a mundane reality.  The north – eastern Aegean island of Lesbos has become a hotspot for myriads of refugees and other s entering the  European Union.  Despite the presence of humanitarian organizations on the ground, the sharp rise of sea – born e  arrivals in 2015 has brought about complications both on a local and continental level.  Central issues of concern include : the  lack of resources available to Greek authorities to handle the crisis; the  rise  of  xenophobic  attitudes  across  Europe; traveling  beyond  the  Greek border  and  into  Eastern  Europe; sharing  responsibility amongst states ; and providing adequate security for refugees across the Mediterranean. Meanwhile  without a long term plan or consensus over the question of refugees amongst EU leaders and an ongoing war in  Syria , such issues will not subside and must be addressed by all actors involved.

 

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