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Europe and the Flow of Migrants

February 4, 2016
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The artist Ai Weiwei. He is paying homage to the child who drowned while seeking refuge.

The artist Ai Weiwei. He is paying homage to the child who drowned while seeking refuge.

Migrant birds fly where they want to go. They look for friendly habitats. It is not the same with people.

Migrants are fleeing Iraq and Syria. It is hard for them to get out of their homelands.  It also hard for them to find a country that will welcome them.

The migrants are trying to get to Europe. Europe does not have a plan on how to deal with them. The last year has brought out the best and the worst in people. Some nations have taken in hundreds of thousands of migrants. Germany has been very welcoming.

Countries like Turkey are in the path of the flow from Iraq and Syria. Some Turks are exploiting the migrants. They sell them life vests that are not buoyant. They put them in vessels that are not seaworthy.

The picture of the drowned three-year-old lying on the beach affected many people. Ai Weiwei is a Chinese artist. He is not in favor with the Chinese government. He wants people to remember the tragedy. He had a photo taken of himself lying on the beach. He hopes the photo will remind people of the plight of the migrants.

Through Macdonia

The flow of migrants to Europe through Macedonia.

The road to Europe leads through Macedonia. It is a small, poor Balkan country. Europe is sending resources to help the Macedonians seal their border. It will allow Europe to learn more about the migrants. Europe wants to reject those migrants who came for economic reasons. They are willing to resettle those who fled violence at home.

Europe says it needs time to come up with a fair resettlement program. In the meantime, there is great suffering. More people are dying at sea. Spring is coming. Spring will increase the number of people fleeing to save themselves.

Angela Merkel is the Prime Minister of Germany. She says that people will go home when peace comes to the region. That time seems far off in the distance.

Source: The Wall Street Journal January 31, 2016

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