Daily there are reports of the Syrian crisis and the violent conflict happening throughout the country. With no where to run or hide from the bloody and endless war, innocent citizens of Syria are forced to move out from their comfortable homes and lives in order to find security and safety. Countries across the globe, who were expected to have open arms to the refugees, have turned their backs more than given them refuge in every sense. The refugees of Syria is a growing and relevant conflict that needs to be addressed. Through informing about the issues these refugees face and the locations they are going, this blog will help support the importance and relevance of this subject as well as informing the public on how these refugees can be helped, who is helping them, and what these people need so that they to can have fruitful lives during this unfortunate turn of events.
The facts are that migration and refugee movements have been gaining momentum specifically through recent months towards European countries. The overwhelming number of refugees is causing nations like England, France, and Germany to have to figure out ways to accommodate to thousands of people crossing the boarders without debate and analysis of the issue at hand. http://syrianrefugees.eu/ has developed an excellent timeline that maps out the travel routes taken by refugees. By viewing the timeline it is obvious and astounding to see the increase of immigration month to month starting in January 1999 to February 2016 around the Mediterranean. Although the crisis in Syria did not start until March 2011, the maps offered on this website of “Annual numbers of migrants smuggled at sea and land by route” offers an excellent insight into the influx of immigration. Because of the overwhelming number of people and the constant fear of taking in to many people from Syria by other countries, routes to safety by Syrian refugees are dangerous due to extreme weather, being caught by authorities, loss of food, loss of direction, and not having the funds to go to the intended destination.
Many countries are reluctant to let Syrian refugees into the country itself such as, according to usnews.com, Lebanon and Turkey where there are established camps outside the boarders of the countries but refugees are restricted access to these two countries if they do not have proper documentation. Mediterranean countries are hosting refugees: Jordan 620,400 refugees, Lebanon and Turkey combined have 1.1 million refugees, Iraq 229,000 refugees, and Egypt 138,000 refugees. The growing concern for these refugees, especially those who are forced to live in camps on the borders, is the change in weather. Currently the climate is becoming colder in these areas and many refugees are encountering living conditions where the freezing cold is as much as a concern as the war in Syria. Refugees are left in the cold and humanitarian aid organizations cannot bring clothes, food, and blankets, fast enough and in large enough quantities.
“There is no concept of refugee in Gulf states” according to an article posted by Ashley Fantz, Becky Anderson, and Shams Elwazer on cnn.com. Gulf states are not willing to give refuge to thousands of people in need not due to being incapable to accommodate (countries such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates who have financial and political interests in Syria) but due to the fact that many of these countries do not want to be on the bad side of the Syrian government and allies. Gulf states have claimed that they are doing as much as they can to give aid to refugees by pointing out that combined they have given over $530 million and also have continued to defend themselves by saying that many other countries have not given aid and are not subjected to this sort of ridicule.