• Zenia Katsara

The Refugee Crisis: Simplified

If you asked a number of people which is one of the most significant current issues, the vast majority would say the refugee crisis. A problem which is constantly evolving, marking specific countries as the most affected ones and calling their leaders for instant help. Today, the refugee crisis has reached a point of no return; a point where the facts are utterly shocking and heartbreaking. One person becomes displaced every second, counting sixteen people being moved from their homes every minute, 23,800 everyday (Refugee statistics: key facts on displaced people - Help Refugees, 2020).


One of the countries where the disastrous effects of the refugee crisis can be seen heavily, is Syria, which is one of the five countries covering the 68% of all refugees globally (Refugee statistics: key facts on displaced people - Help Refugees, 2020). As a result of a violent governmental state, the civil war was the fundamental starting point of the refugee crisis in Syria. Families divided, people started to flee and the first refugee camps were installed in neighbouring countries, such as Turkey (Syria Refugee Crisis Explained, 2020). Thus, by the end of 2013 more than one million people were displaced from Syria to neighbouring countries, today counting 12 million Syrians leaving their homes. It is undoubtedly heartbreaking to observe the situation in which the majority of Syrian refugees live today; excluded from the social sphere, unemployed, experiencing every aspect of poverty. As if the situation was not bad enough, COVID-19 has severely impacted Syrian refugees. Having brought a major economic collapse, the new reality of COVID-19 makes it harder for refugees to find basic supplies (Syria Refugee Crisis Explained, 2020).


So, what is being done to deal with this unacceptable situation, which millions of people are facing?


What is the UK doing to help? The United Kingdom has made significant attempts to ameliorate the situation. Providing aid to the refugee camps on Syria’s borders, was an important starting point. Through the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme, the UK aims to resettle more than 200,000 Syrian refugees in 2020. At the same time, pursuits are made towards a far more equal reality of refugees, from ensuring the right to education for children to supporting health care (Facts about refugees and asylum seekers, 2016).


The contribution of the UK and other countries have indeed been a good starting point to battling against the Syrian refugee crisis. But, to make an actual difference this is not enough. To win this battle, each one of us has to help in anyway possible. In this time of extreme crisis, the act of collaborative help is what is needed.



Bibliography:

Refugee Action. 2016. Facts About Refugees And Asylum Seekers. [online] Available at: <https://www.refugee-action.org.uk/about/facts-about-refugees/> [Accessed 17 November 2020].


Help Refugees. 2020. Refugee Statistics: Key Facts On Displaced People - Help Refugees. [online] Available at: <https://helprefugees.org/refugees-statistics/> [Accessed 17 November 2020].


Unrefugees.org. 2020. Syria Refugee Crisis Explained. [online] Available at: <https://www.unrefugees.org/news/syria-refugee-crisis-explained/#When%20did%20the%20Syrian%20refugee%20crisis%20begin?> [Accessed 17 November 2020].

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