Europe’s refugee crisis
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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