by Fiona Schultz, Moscow Times
Reaching a record high in 2015, the international refugee crisis continues to be a major issue, even in 2018.
Refugees stemming from the Afghanistan War, the Arab Spring, and the Syrian Civil War have been seeking asylum for as long as ten years. These asylum seekers have turned to members of the European Union, hoping to receive aid and refuge.
This refugee crisis can’t be fixed in a day, but it surely can be improved. As the French representative in the EU stated, “No refugee crisis is the same.” These refugees aren’t all coming from the same place, but they certainly deserve the same rights as everyone else.
Within the EU, France is working with other nations to create a solution for this prevailing refugee crisis. “We’re focusing on providing education and stopping the stigma against refugees,” the France representative declared. France’s working paper is concentrated on providing human rights for these asylum seekers internationally. This resolution includes vocational training for new immigrants, a database that provides statistics and history about entering refugees, and education for the public to end the stigma against refugees. This resolution is direct and convincing with a heavy stress on the rights that refugees deserve and need.
Within another bloc of the EU, a second resolution is in the works, this one composed of specifically smaller countries. “Our nations are willing to accept these asylum seekers, specifically those most vulnerable,” the representative of Hungary for the EU stated in an interview. “As a smaller nation, we are unable to take such a large number of these refugees so we must prioritize them.” Hungary’s bloc is looking to address refugee issues that smaller nations are facing. This resolution hopes to provide aid to asylum seekers while dispersing them accordingly to host countries. Host countries that are able to take large numbers of refugees would be provided with humanitarian aid from other nations, increasing employment and accurately helping these asylum seekers. For those asylum seekers entering smaller nations such as Hungary, more vulnerable refugees would be prioritized and given aid first.
Though rivals, both France and Hungary's resolutions have similar goals: to give aid to this humanitarian refugee crisis. The rights of refugees are a major focus that is stressed in both blocs. Whichever resolution rises to the top, there is no doubt that the EU is doing amazing things to heal this ailing crisis.