Syrian Refugee Crisis The crisis has been an issue for a long period of time because the refugees are trying to find somewhere to live where they are accepted.

Glossary

Humanitarian: This is someone who is concerned with or seeking to promote human welfare. Syrians need the assistance of a humanitarian to gain safety and the help to guide them to good health, fortune, happiness and prosperity.

Refugee: A refugee is a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster.

Integration: This means to combine (one thing) with another so that they become a whole. Immigration into developed countries means people having to come together. The key with integration is the acceptance of others.

Prevail: This means to prove more powerful than opposing forces; be victorious. Countries who accept Syrian refugees may be considered nicer or better. The goal with accepting immigrants is not to prevail but a country may end up as more powerful than others if they do let refugees in.

Fiscal: This word means relating to government revenue, especially taxes and the government is a huge part of the refugee crisis. The government needs to have financial stability to accept refugees into their country.

Political Asylum: This is the protection granted by a nation to someone who has left their native country as a political refugee. This is what refugees are needing and it gives them the help they need to gain equal rights in a new country.

What has happened in Syria?

Millions of Syrian refugees have been searching for a place to safely live, specifically called political asylums. According to Amnesty International, 45 per cent of the Syria’s population has been displaced and many are seeking resettlement. People have faced tragedies and want to get out of the unsafe areas. A CNN reporter states “Within months, Syria had gone from street demos to civil war… and half of its population… on the move.” The big issue is the refugees finding a safe place to live where they are accepted and where integration is okay.

What is the resettlement process like for the refugees?

The video below has a short insight of how life is for many Syrian refugees.

There is much more that goes into the resettlement process than most people initially think. Lauren Carroll, the writer of an article called “Honest Answers On Refugees”, informs readers that the refugee admissions program does actually perform background checks on all refugees and if approved, they undergo a medical screening, a match with sponsor agencies, "cultural orientation" classes and one final security clearance. This causes the process of resettlement to take 4-10 months. Not only do they get background checks, but they also are hopefully placed in the best place possible, according to where they’d fit best. Another source, Jie Zong and Jeanne Batalova, state that “Upon entering the United States, refugees are resettled to states and localities based on a variety of factors, including their family ties in the United States, health, age, family composition, and language, as well as the cost of living and the availability of jobs, housing, education, and health services in potential placement sites.” It is a long process but many people want to help do it the right way to get the best outcomes.

How are governments helping with the refugees?

Many countries have acted differently; some letting refugees in, some not. Amnesty International explained that most high income, developed countries have not helped as much as the refugees would’ve hoped. The author states that other high income countries including Russia, Japan, Singapore and South Korea haven’t offered any resettlement places. Although they haven’t helped, the governments do have some valid reasoning behind it. In the U.S., Carroll stated “At least 30 governors, including Florida Gov. Rick Scott, have said they're against letting refugees into their states because of fears that terrorists could hide among those seeking political asylum.” Overall, refugees need more help than they are getting and there aren’t enough countries willing to help out with the crisis.

Who are the refugees in Syria?

There is a large population of refugees, but there is a specific group of people in the refugee crisis. Zong and Batalova inform readers that Syrian refugees are more likely to be of school-age. Most of the refugees are younger people who have a life ahead of them. An article from the I Am Syria webpage also states “Women and children make up 3/4 of the refugee population.”

How are people reacting and how can they help refugees in the future?

Joe D’Amore, from Borgen Magazine, explains how people believe if governments do accept refugees, it will boost their economy but that humanitarianism is just as important as economic growth. Many people believe refugees need help finding their way to a safer place. Meghan Werft, the author of an article called “15 Ways You Can Help Syrian Refugees Now”, states “Refugees need help navigating complex laws around immigration status too. A group of law students realized that both could benefit from working together and created an organization that pairs law students and professionals with refugees in need of legal assistance.”

Works Cited

Batalova, Jeanne and Zong Jie. "Syrian Refugees in the United States." Migration Policy. 07 Feb 2017. Web. Accessed 07 Feb 2017.

Carroll, Lauren. “Honest Answers on Refugees.” ProQuest. 22 Nov 2015. Web. Accessed 08 Feb 2017.

D'Amore, Joe. “The Benefits Of Accepting Syrian Refugees.” Borgen Magazine. 15 June 2016. Accessed 25 Jan 2017.

"Facts & Figures: Syria refugee crisis & international resettlement.” Amnesty International. 5 Dec 2014. Accessed 24 Jan 2017.

"Syrian Refugee Crisis."I AM SYRIA. Web. Accessed. 02 Feb 2017.

“The refugee crisis ... from the Syrian war to now.” CNN. Accessed 01 Feb 2017.

Werft, Meghan. “15 Ways You Can Help Syrian Refugees NOW.” Global Citizen. 30 Jan 2017. Web. Accessed 03 Feb 2017.

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