It’s a crisis beyond anything we’ve seen since World War II — and Trump just turned America’s back on it. Donald Trump has officially closed America’s doors to some of the world’s most desperate, banning all refugees from entering the country for 90 days — and banning Syrian refugees indefinitely. His timing could hardly be worse. The world is currently in the midst of a refugee crisis unlike anything we’ve seen in the post–World War II era. A series of conflicts around the world, most notably but not only the Syrian civil war, has left more than 60 million people without homes or a safe place to return to. The crisis is swamping governments around the world with huge numbers of refugees they are either unwilling or unable to take in. Jordan, with a population of just over 6 million people, is now home to more than 600,000 Syrian refugees, which its government says it cannot afford to support indefinitely. Turkey, with a population of 76 million, has taken in 2.5 million.
The Syrian refugee crisis brings the world's attention to the key question: which countries welcome the desperate masses and which ones don't. he expanding Syrian refugee crisis highlights the differences among countries that welcome desperate migrants and those that don't. Some 4.1 million Syrians are fleeing a homeland riven by more than four years of civil war. Some countries have taken in so many migrants it's caused a population spike, while others have done little or nothing at all. Here's a country-by-country look at what is being done to address the worst refugee crisis since the Rwandan genocide more than 20 years ago, according to experts. Many countries surrounding Syria such as Turkey and Lebanon. About 1,500 Syrian refugees have been admitted to the United States since the start of the conflict in 2011, the vast majority of them this fiscal year. Here's a breakdown: 23 in 2011, 41 in 2012, 45 in 2013, 249 in 2014 and 1,199 so far this fiscal year, which ends September 30, according to the State Department. About 300 more refugees are expected to be admitted by the end of this fiscal year. This equates to a grand total of about 1,800 refugees from Syria's four-year civil war being admitted to the United States by October 1, according to U.S. officials.
More than 2.5 million refugees fleeing Syria's civil war, currently live in Turkey. Nearly 90 percent of those refugees are now living outside of traditional refugee camps, presenting a whole new set of challenges for international relief agencies. NewsHour special correspondent Mike Cerre reports. As fast as Turkey’s government could build the dozens of refugee camps along its border with Syria, they were filled to capacity. Turkey is about to receive $3.2 billion from the European Union to help cover its refugee costs and secure its borders with Europe. Saddam and his extended family lost their homes in Syria to fighters from the so-called Islamic State group, or ISIS. They have been in Turkey three months and now live in this abandoned shop with no plumbing or electricity that costs $50 a month to rent. Because the only construction and agriculture work they can find is seasonal, their only source of income this winter is their 12-year-old son’s job in a bakery that pays $2 for a 12-hour day.
The Syrian Civil War has killed over 450,000 people and forced more than 10 million residents to flee their homes in search of safe, stable living conditions, resulting in one of the largest humanitarian crisis's of our time. Housing the largest population of displaced families in the Middle East, the Zaatari Refugee Camp is home to nearly 80,000 Syrians and is considered the fourth-largest city in Jordan. Zaatari, where more than half of camp's residents are under 18-years-old, is the prime setting of Ellen Martinez and Steph Ching’s directorial debut, After Spring, an intimate portrait of two Syrian families struggling to make peace with uncertain futures. With severely limited options for food, medical resources, and educational opportunities, the heads of each household must decide whether to spend years, maybe even decades, living in the underfunded camp or risk safety to return back home to their war-torn country.
Since March 2011, conflict has devastated Syria. Now it is internationally recognized as the largest refugee and displacement crisis of our time. The Syrian civil war has set back the national standard of living by decades. Syrians are fleeing their homes because of Violence: Since the Syrian civil war began, an estimated 470,000 people have been killed, including about 55,000 children, reports the Syrian Center for Policy Research. The war has become deadlier since foreign powers joined the conflict. Collapsed infrastructure: Within Syria, 95 percent of people lack adequate healthcare, 70 percent lack regular access to clean water. Half the children are out of school. The economy is shattered and four-fifths of the population lives in poverty. Children in danger and distress: Syrian children — the nation’s hope for a better future — have lost loved ones, suffered injuries, missed years of schooling, and experienced unspeakable violence and brutality.
The Syrian conflict has created the worst humanitarian crisis of our time. Half the country’s per-war population — more than 11 million people — have been killed or forced to flee their homes. Families are struggling to survive in Syria and others are risking their life for opportunity in Europe. Anti-government demonstrations began in March of 2011, as part of the Arab Spring. But the peaceful protests quickly escalated after the government's violent crackdown, and armed opposition groups began fighting back. Nearly eight years since it began, the war has killed more than 480,000 people. Crowded cities have been destroyed and horrific human rights violations are widespread. Basic necessities like food and medical care are sparse. More than 6.3 million people have fled their homes and remain displaced within Syria. They live in informal settlements, crowded in with extended family or sheltering in damaged or abandoned buildings. Some people survived the horrors of multiple displacements, besiegement, hunger and disease and fled to areas where they thought they would be safe, only to find themselves caught up in the crossfire once again.