Syrian Refugees: Resettlement And New Lives

After escaping from the civil war in Syria to various host countries, such as Turkey, Greece, and Scandinavia, Syrian refugees have been resettled and begun their new lives.

The Syrian Civil War began in 2011, with an anti-regime uprising starting in March of the same year. During this period, over 5 million people fled the country, 6.3 million have been displaced internally, and around 400,000 have been killed. Such intense violence has had devastating influences on civilians, which has caused it to be condemned by different political entities, such as the European Union, the Arab League, the United States and so on, in accordance with CNN.

Therefore, for the sake of humanitarian protection and assistance, several host countries are willing to provide accommodation and residency for those people who have run away from the cruel war. For instance, according to BBC, the Greek island of Tilos, with an 800-strong community, welcomes Syrian refugees and will offer them places of resettlement on the condition that they work and integrate into the local society. Moreover, in Turkey, there is a refugee camp located on the outskirts of Kahramanmaras, which enables newcomers to feel at home as they have access to almost all the things they need and require. In addition, Syrians are among 24,000 of the displaced people in this country, living in air-conditioned container-unit houses with kitchens, bedrooms, televisions, and laundry machines. Apart from these, according to The Economist, the camp is also equipped with some basic facilities and services, such as schools, hospitals, and supermarkets.

Although the countries mentioned above have made progress on the issue of Syrian refugees, shortcomings, disagreement, and dissatisfaction are still evident. First, there exist some differences between these nations’ actions and behaviours. For instance, as the Syrian Refugees website puts it, the European Union has already accepted most of the Syrians that have requested asylum, but it has not processed many applications. In fact, the processed applications only constitute about 10 percent of the total displaced Syrians. By comparison, the neighbouring countries of Syria, like Turkey, have been faced with the enormous challenge of absorbing more refugees, and have been concerned with not only the humanitarian factor, but the safety and stability of the whole region as well. Secondly, the financial aid needed falls short and is not that enough. Meanwhile, Al Jazeera has reported that a UN-led humanitarian appeal to approach the problems of Syrian refugees and host communities has received 298 million dollars, which is a mere six percent of the funds that had been requested this year. Thirdly, it is difficult for Syrian refugees to be highly or readily accepted by people in the host countries. To illustrate, in Denmark, opinion polls indicate that an increasing number of Danish people intend to stop refugees from coming to the nation. Moreover, Martin Henriksen, a representative of the Nationalist Danish People’s Party, believes that these new arrivals are a problem, and are not a source of economic growth and development for the entire society, according to BBC.

Thus, in order to alleviate or solve the problems, host countries are supposed to balance various resources and opinions in the local communities, particularly if it is necessary to put forward an effective measure to fulfil the needs of both native people and Syrian refugees and deal with the formers’ grievance as well. Then, Syria’s neighbours will need to reduce the stress of the refugee issue with the help of other nations, including those in the European Union. In addition, according to World Vision, NGOs and other international organizations are expected to provide healthcare, water and sanitation, humanitarian aid, psychosocial support to women and children, and so on, for the war zone and host countries as well. What’s more, peace and development are the most important factors for the wellbeing of a single country and its civilians. With all of this in mind, one should always think twice before they plan to launch wars.