Seeds: We hear constantly about the Syrian refugee crisis that erupted after the Syrian Civil War, but living in the United States, we can never truly comprehend how both refugees and European and Asian countries are struggling with this influx of migrants. Many countries have tightened their borders because the flow of refugees does not seem to be slowing, leaving thousands of refugees are stranded in rural Greece. The European Union (EU) is trying to find ways to relocate refugees into other central European countries in order to ease the load on the Balkan states who have taken in the largest number of refugees.
Core: Despite the EU’s efforts, only small groups have been relocated, and some countries are refusing to accept them at all. Clearly the nations bordering the Mediterranean sea are struggling the most, and the conditions for the refugees worsen as countries such as Greece and Turkey try to quell their entry. Recently, The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) released video of Turkish coast guard members repeatedly beating against a migrant boat with large sticks, a striking visual representation of how desperate some countries are to stop the influx of migrants.
Skin: Despite media coverage of this crisis, many countries still deny refugees, including the United States. At this point, it is not only the refugees who are struggling immensely, but also some nations who have already unstable economies and governmental systems.
Leaves: Some are worried that if countries such as Turkey, which has the largest number of refugees, stop allowing them entrance, then other countries, like Spain, will have to take them in. Many european powers are significantly worried about what this crisis could mean for the stability of nations, especially economically.
Food For Thought: Is there grey area when it comes to accepting refugees? Should countries value their citizens lives over the lives of other humans? What is the right response for countries whose citizens or economies might suffer with the influx of refugees? Do you think the United States should accept refugees?
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