Europe’s Refugee Crisis


Gina Rizzo, News writer

As of June 2015, over 500,000 refugees have taken asylum in Europe this year. While this number

continuously increases, space and supplies are however limited. Besides conflicts in Syria driving people

into Europe, Afghanistanis, Eritreans, Kosovars, and many more have been migrating; causing the already

restricted space to become even more overcrowded.

Politically, this has become a large issue for Europe as of now. Policies of proper migration, and border

procedures have been ignored and people are entering Europe illegally. Although mainstream parties are

welcoming refugees with open arms, political racism and prejudice are trying to stop the evacuees with

anti-immigration laws.

In order to control the amount of immigrants coming from abroad, the European Union, or EU, decided

on a plan to relocate over 120,000 refugees. The plan transfers the refugees country to country depending

on population and available space. Not only politically does the refugee crisis strain Europe, but it is also

socially and economically taking its toll. Due to majority of the immigrants unable to speak the native

tongue of their asylum, it is crucial to integrate the incoming peoples. In order to properly assimilate the

refugees, social, business, and educational facilities are being provided, but only to a limited amount of


Although long term economic effects are positive, due to the working class increasing and potential job

opportunities for the lower working class are open, short term results are unfortunately not. Because of

the sudden surge in population, costs for food and shelter are significantly increasing; effecting all

working classes in Europe. However, nobody is really sure of what the outcomes of this event will be

within the next couple of years. Data on the refugees is not sustainable enough to know for sure where

this crisis will take Europe in the long run.