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The Refugee Crisis
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2016-08-22

The Refugee Crisis - 1421 함세린
 
According to Merriam Webster’s dictionary, the definition of refugee means a person who flees to a foreign country or power to escape danger or persecution. Refugees always have existed throughout history, but currently it is a not negligible issue. The coverage of the refugee crisis has been focused on the refugees making journeys to Europe, especially on the Syrian refugees. However, the refugee crisis is global and it is at its worst ranging from refugees heading to affluent countries such as the United State or Australia to poorer countries like Turkey.
 
All refugees have one thing in common, they are all seeking for asylum, meaning they are in the need of a place they can live in safety. There's no single reason for their pursuit, because a number of the crises driving people from their homes are not connected. There's no real association, for example, between the war in Afghanistan and the persecution of the Rohingya minority in Myanmar, or between violence in Nigeria and violence in Honduras and El Salvador. But there is one thing that jump-started the crisis, and that has helped to make it so especially bad; the Arab Spring. It began in 2011 as a series of peaceful, pro-democracy movements across the Middle East, but it led to terrible wars in Libya and Syria. Those wars are now helping to fuel the refugee crisis. There is another reason that this crisis is so severe: Politics within Europe are unusually hostile to refugees and migrants at the moment. That isn't causing the numbers of refugees to actually increase, of course, but it's part of why the refugees are in crisis, stuck in camps or dying in the Mediterranean rather than resettling safely in Europe. There are a few reasons anti-refugee and anti-migrant politics are rising in Europe, but it's making it harder for Europe to deal with the crisis, and many refugee families are suffering as a result.
 
The severity of this crisis is way above the severity during World War Two and this must be solved as soon as possible.
 
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