Europe is facing its most significant refugee crisis since the end of the Second World War. Over 4 million refugees have been displaced by fighting in Syria, joining millions more fleeing war, terrorism, oppression, and poverty in places such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, and Eritrea. The vast majority of these refugees are being hosted in neighbouring countries, but some are making the dangerous journey to Europe.
How should European governments respond to the influx? Should more money be invested in securing Europe’s common borders? Or is tackling the root causes of the refugee crisis in countries like Syria a more sustainable solution than building walls and fences to keep people out? Is the crisis putting an unbearable strain on the Schengen agreement of passport free travel in the EU?
These questions, plus many more, will be addressed in a series of debates over the coming months.
Debating Europe will be inviting policymakers and experts to respond to YOUR questions on the European refugee crisis.
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