BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – SEPTEMBER 01: Stranded Refugees and Migrants camp in front of the eastern Train Station Keleti Palyudvar on September 01, 2015 in Budapest, Hungary. Photo: Spectral-Design / Shutterstock
According to the United Nations’ refugee agency (UNHCR), 366,402 people crossed the Mediterranean Sea in 2015 and approximately 2,800 people are missing or they died trying to reach Europe. From one side, countries are closing their borders and from the other side ordinary people are welcoming refugees with cheers and applause.
The most common route for refugees is Balkan route, going from Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, to Hungary, Austria and Germany. Hungary has been highly criticized for their government policy and building a barbed wire fence on the border with Serbia. The controversial Hungarian prime minister, Viktor Orban said: “We are protecting Europe, according to European rules that say borders can be crossed only in certain areas in a controlled way and after registration.”
For many refugees, Germany is their final stop. Germany is popular among refugees for their strong economy and long history of accepting and welcoming refugees all over the world. It is expected that Germany will take around 800,000 refugees. After this decision has been announced, asylum seekers from the Middle East, Africa and South Asia are referring to Angela Merkel as Mama Merkel.
David Cameron has insisted for a long time that the United Kingdom has no room for more refugees, but after months of criticism and pressure he announced that they will take thousands of refugees.
Gildshire Editor, Elvira Barucija