Hundreds of thousands of refugees, mostly from Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, have already fled their homes, risking their lives in dangerous boat trips, crossing borders illegally and taking long bus and/or train journeys, seeking asylum in Western Europe and Scandinavia.
The Syrian Civil War started in 2011 and has generated “the largest mass displacement crisis since the Second World War”, according to White House representatives. The United Nations estimates by the end of 2016, 65.6 million individuals were forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict, violence, or human rights violations. The situation in Syria and neighboring countries is deteriorating rapidly. Many world leaders sustained effort to rally nations to step up their efforts in response to this major crisis, but only a small scale have followed up with their promises.
The most recent case of refugee crisis is Rohingya refugees who are fleeing by masses to Bangladesh. Bangladesh is already a third world country with mass poverty, hunger issues, and corrupt government, it has little power to help support the cause of the refugees.
There are 607,000 newly arrived refugees since the end of August 2017, bringing the total amount of refugees in need to a massive 1,200,000. Rohingya refugees are coming from northern parts of Myanmar Rakhine State into Bangladesh, their concentrated flow restarted following the attacks at Myanmar Border Guard Police.
The international community has labelled the Rohingya refugees as the “most persecuted minority in the world”. Since Bangladesh received these colossal amounts of refugees, they have done their best to reinforce the refugees with shelter and supplies. The Prime Minister of Bangladesh has agreed to accept these refugees temporarily.
But only so much is capable in their hands, and first world countries should step up and divide the responsibility of the issue amongst them. If the refugees were distributed amongst capable host countries the burden upon the neighboring countries and the countries in crisis could be alleviated. This would not only benefit the neighboring countries around the refugee’s motherland, but also the host countries in many possible ways.