Ever-since the war in Syria took place, over 400,000 lives have been lost. To put that into perspective, it is roughly the whole population of Miami, startling and breath-taking figures, which need to be acknowledged and concentrated on by the whole world. Since 2011 over 3 million civilians fled Syria, with a prospects of living in the EU, 1 million went to Lebanon, 1 million went to Turkey and over ¼ have settled as refugees in UN camps. The UN camps have significantly help shelter and feed the victims with nothing other than hope.
In the Summer of 2015; over 600,000 migrants entered Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Situated within where special holding centre's for migrants, which were especially full in Sicily, Italy and Lesbos. Due to the overfilled areas, a more familiar term started arising known as ‘squatter settlements’ which rose near border points in central/western Europe. Hence why aid is essential for the refugees survival and hope of having a better life in a safer country. Migrants had also come from: Iraq, Afghanistan, Northern Sub Saharan Africa, in order to escape issues such as: conflict, persecution, poverty, hoping to escape to richer countries. Due to the mass amounts of people, there was difficulty in the European governments to provide funding and ending up being controversially blamed for human smuggling and trafficking of migrants, as there was thought to be a lack of transportation options provided. In the Mediterranean; there were many news reports, which turned into famous photos, of the struggles migrants were facing: overcrowded boats, smuggling and even the horrific conditions leading to drowning of passengers. Due to the media and people's views on the crisis, the governments were urged and in fact pressured to take action on this matter, to help save as many lives as possible.
A more desirable location, unsurprisingly, was the UK. This was a population destination as the english language is easily widely spoken throughout the world and this would help to reinforce employment. At Calais; there were over 3,000 migrants, with 100s illegally entering in trucks, containers, causing disruptions in: the Eurotunnel and Ferry services. As a result there was a political tension caused between the UK and France, due to the fact France wanted the UK to take more of the migrants, taking pressure of their shoulder. The EU commissioner, introduced a quota system, allowing each state to equally take in a certain amount of migrants, making it fairer for places such as France.