Seeds: Over the past five years, the Syrian Refugee Crisis has become increasingly problematic. The Syrian Civil war started in March of 2011 because of massive unrest over the Assad regime. Pro-democracy protesters rallied after several teenagers were arrested and tortured for tagging a school wall with revolutionary slogans. When the conflict escalated, thousands began fleeing, seeking refuge in Middle-Eastern and European countries, primarily Turkey, Germany, Serbia, Kosovo, Sweden and Lebanon.
Core: Currently there are approximately 6,000,000 refugees, around one third of Syria’s population in 2011. There are over one million Syrian refugees in Lebanon, a country whose population barely reaches four million. In Jordan, 600,000 refugees were added to their original population of six million, and two and a half million fled to Turkey, where the population was around seventy-nine million people. However, in all of Europe, there are only around 800,000 refugees. Despite this inequality, as one can see in the news, European nations continue to discuss the burden incoming refugees have placed on them.
Skin: While there is extensive media coverage of the crisis in Europe, there is almost none about the effects in Middle Eastern countries. These countries are taking in the majority of the people, and suffering immensely, as they do not have the wealth and resources to support the increasing population.
Leaves: The United States has toyed with the idea of taking in Syrian refugees, but have not considered offering more than 10,000 a place in the States. Additionally, European countries are starting to talk about denying refugees asylum.
Food for thought: Do you think that the United States should take in refugees? Do you think we are turning them away due to Islamophobia? What about European countries? Should we be accepting more refugees in order to lighten the load on the Middle-Eastern countries? Tell us what you think.
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