Refugees who have escaped the brutalities of war in Syria deserve a life of safety and security. Unfortunately, this is not the case. In Hungary, refugees are being caged in “holding camps.” In the Czech Republic, authorities are pulling refugees off trains and numbering them with markers. Thousands have drowned in the Mediterranean sea desperately trying to reach Europe in the only way they can: through dangerous smuggling networks. The photo of the Syrian child Aylan Kurdi washed up on the beach in Turkey shows us the result of these disastrous policies. Syrians who have lived through war do not deserve such a fate.
There are more than 4 million refugees that have fled the war in Syria. Lebanon, which has a population of 4 million people, currently has over 1 million Syrian refugees. Turkey also has over 1 million refugees. Germany estimates that it will have 800,000 refugee arrivals this year. The UN high commissioner for refugees has called upon industrialized countries, including the US, to accept 130,000 refugees in the next two years.