The Syrian Refugees - What You Need to KnowBy Carlos Gamino

With little more than the clothes on their backs, thousands of men, women and children of all ages are pouring over the border into Lebanon to escape war-torn Syria. Many are hoping to reach Europe from Lebanon through Turkey.

 

Why Are the Syrians Fleeing?

Syrians are leaving in droves to escape 4 years of war and what the UN considers crimes against humanity.

One woman escaping through Lebanon said, “I can’t find my future there, so we’ll go by the death journey to Germany, by the sea from Turkey to Greece.” Many feel the route from Turkey to Greece is more dangerous but has the biggest payoff for asylum.

Boys as young as 14 are being forced to join the Syrian army. One family, desperate for cancer medication for their son, failed to reach Lebanon in time. They buried him and continued their search for freedom.

Over 4 million people have fled war-torn Syria, most fleeing across the Mediterranean Sea or through Southeast Europe through Turkey and into Greece. Reportedly, over 1 million refugees have fled to Lebanon – many with very little money and some with nothing at all.

What is the U.S. Doing About Syrian Migrants?

The White House says the U.S. will accept at least 10,000 Syrian refugees within this fiscal year. Approximately 1,500 of the refugees the country accepted were from Syria in FY 2015.

Politicians are currently divided over the issue, even within their own parties. Some feel that it’s a European problem, while others, such as Lindsay Graham, feel that we should take our fair share of the migrants.

What Do You Think?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the Syrian migrant crisis, so let me know what you think on my Facebook page or on Twitter. This is an interesting issue – one that has the potential to shape the way our country moves into the next presidency, so let your voice be heard.

Carlos Gamino