The Syrian war began in 2011 and has brought about the biggest refugee crisis of our time. The country is regarded as a protracted emergency zone. More than half of the population has been displaced – forced to seek asylum in neighbouring countries and Europe. A substantial number remain within Syrian borders but live-in camps for IDPs.
The war in Syria has caused millions of people to become refugees or internally displaced. A recent report from MSF estimated that at least 10,000 children had been killed, and 40% are now orphans because their parents were victims themselves. Many more live with physical disabilities, such as damage inflicted by shrapnel wounds.
As people struggle with sickness and hunger, the healthcare infrastructure has been devastated. Currently, there’s minimal to no access to emergency and specialist medical treatment. Fortunately, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) such as UOSSM are spearheading several initiatives to offer healthcare to internally displaced Syrians and to strengthen the capacity of the few surviving health personnel.
The Current Situation
The legalities behind this Syrian refugee issue are depicted best through immigration policies and legislation in several countries. International Humanitarian Law is therefore expected to protect the rights of victims and refugees in Syria, but it’s also a responsibility for those actively involved with this war.
Many Syrians have been driven from their homes in search of safety and the right to live freely. Host nations are struggling with how best to handle these influxes. But despite the legalities involved, there can be no doubt about what must happen next. More help than ever before is needed for people on this earth who’ve had so much taken away already by circumstance and conflict- both now shouldered aside as they seek assistance instead.
As thousands continue fleeing daily only for their chances being reduced even further each day thanks largely to increased restrictions imposed not just inside host nations’ borders but also across Europe too.
For the past two decades, more than 22,000 people have died while attempting to enter Europe. Out of this number, almost 20% died at sea, and another 3% perished on land trying to make their way into a country like Italy. Most of these places have an open-door policy for asylum seekers fleeing from war and conflict. However, the process requires they are given places to reside. However, there are very few facilities available, so they wait out their visas until permits expire before moving onto new locations with better opportunities.
The Bottom Line
For any host facing an unlimited number of guests, the first thing to consider is how many people you can allow into your State. But what would happen if the space became full?
Such conditions might lead countries towards regulating population sizes for refugees or asylum seekers fleeing Syria. Thus, widespread instances (ILLEGAL) border crossings by those looking for safety from violence – some even risking their lives at sea just hoping they’ll make it ashore safely). But most importantly, what consequences could arise if we cannot protect them all properly?