The Refugee Crisis


This crisis is affecting regions throughout the continents most especially in Africa, Europe and Syria. Residents are fleeing their hometown due to the violence that’s erupting on their front yard. The conflict in Syria continues to be by far the biggest driver of the migration. But the ongoing violence in Afghanistan, abuses in Eritrea, as well as poverty in Kosovo are also leading people to look for new lives elsewhere. There are approximately over 366,000 refugees in Europe but

As more and more migrants cross over, the hosting countries try to keep their economies in check and are consequently more reclined in closing off their borders. Though there are others that have shown some leniency to them and have accepted to aid them in several ways; like in the UK, they have accepted to grant asylum to 4000 migrants annually, Germany provided jobs and homes and even their football club, Bayern Munich would donate 1 million Euros to charity for the refugees, Chelsea donated one pound from every ticket sold in a match to charity Plan International. Real Madrid also pledged 1 million Euros to migrants entering Spain, and set up football camps for the refugees.

While the European refugee crisis has garnered so much attention, there are still other forgotten refugees who have resulted to casualties and deaths in Africa. Countries such as South Sudan in which the civil war has left over a million internally displaced and about 750,000 refugees in neighboring countries. Ethiopia hosts about 200,000 refugees, of which a large percentage — mostly women and children in which the Ethiopian government allocated land and security for 23 camps around which currently accommodates over 630,000 refugees. In May, an estimated 3.8 million people were facing severe levels of hunger in South Sudan.

In Nigeria, violent clashes between government forces and the Islamic sect, Boko Haram in northern Nigeria have triggered large waves of internal displacement and refugees. At the beginning of 2014, over 17,500 refugees had fled Nigeria for safety in neighboring countries Cameroon, Niger, and Chad leaving over 1.5 million internally displaced people in the Nigeria as of April 2015 and with the sect’s recent attacks on IDP camps, there is bound to be an increase in the number of refugees and displaced people, coupled with food insecurity.

In Somalia, The fall of the Siad Barre regime in 1991 led to the ongoing civil war in Somalia, which has been fueled by inter-ethnic clashes, famine, and religion has claimed over 300,000 lives, and conflicts between radical Islamists and the government.


Somalia’s endless war has made it one of the top-ranking sources of refugees in the world today with over a million IDP’s and over a million refugees who have fled to other countries like Kenya, Yemen, and Ethiopia.  By the end of this year, an estimated 70 percent of refugees in Kenya will be from Somalia, with South Sudanese and Ethiopian refugees filling out the remaining 30 percent.

Conflict and humanitarian crises in the DRC has resulted in over 5 million deaths, close to 3 million IDP’s, and over half a million refugees  as of December 2014 who have left to neighboring  countries like Burundi, Uganda, Rwanda, and  Tanzania.

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