Syrian flee worldwide

Tommy Callaghan, News Editor

In March of 2011, Syria erupted in chaos. Tensions had been building over time and eventually caused the country to erupt in war between the government and a force which became the “Free Syrian Army.” Now, four years later, the Syrian civil war and the terrorist group, ISIS, have caused an estimated 3 million Syrians to flee to refugee camps in other countries. In addition to the refugees in other countries, there are about 7.6 million Syrians displaced in Syria. Countries such as the U.S. and the U.K. are accepting refugees, but countries neighboring Syria such as Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, and Iraq are harboring the most refugees. Because of the 1.1 million refugees now in Lebanon, their population has increased by 25 percent. But how will this affect the countries that are choosing to accept refugees? So far Turkey estimates that they have spent over 2 million dollars in efforts to making living conditions suitable for Syrians presently living in Turkey. But, that is not what will happen in the United States. The U.S., while taking more than other countries, is accepting much less refugees than countries like Turkey. Unlike Syrian neighbors, the U.S. will not be setting up refugee camps. Once the lucky 10,000 Syrians arrive they will be hosted by resettlement centers for about one to three months. While the refugees live in these centers they will learn and adapt to American culture, look for jobs, and find a home where they will live. After 90 days of supervised living, they are free to move where they please. While life will not be perfect in the States, it will be an extreme improvement compared to the refugee camps Syrians are now living in. Not only are the camps overcrowded but the United States State Department reports some of the challenges refugees are facing in the camps right now. Some issues include gender-based violence, scarcity of resources, and the arrival of the coldest winters the Middle East has seen in 100 years. Because Syria and the United States are not on the friendliest terms, many Americans are worried what will happen when the Syrians arrive. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham told reporters earlier this month that the U.S. should “take our fair share” of refugees but another member of the republican party, Senator Ted Cruz argued that “it doesn’t make sense from a logistical or a security standpoint.” Syrians fleeing to Europe and America have not arrived in some of the countries but are expected to arrive over time. As of now over 250,000 Syrians have been killed, rebel and civilian alike. By sending aid and setting up relief camps, agencies like Red Cross and Unicef hope for the crisis to be resolved.

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