Syrian Refugee Crisis Puts Europe On The Defense, Could Threaten EU
In an effort to deflect the outraged criticism his administration is facing for its handling of the ongoing crisis of Syrian refugees, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban cautioned Syrians not to risk their lives by seeking asylum in Europe.
He publicly told refugees to stay in Turkey, which he called a “safe country,” and then added that “Hungarians are full of fear, people in Europe are full of fear because they see that the European leaders … are not able to control the situation,” according to Reuters.
Orban stressed that his country would not welcome them and that to create the impression that they were would be “inhumane.”
The crisis, writes The Scotsman’s Bill Jamieson, is becoming too much for European nations to handle and could be the downfall of the European Union (EU).
“The situation is out of control because EU member states cannot agree on joint action and because any and every attempt to process migrant entry is overwhelmed by sheer numbers and the complexity of the task. Many of those heading to Germany in the recent influx were Kosovans and Albanians, so the problem of sorting out nationality is going to prove a real headache for them and overstretched “front line” states like Hungary. The enormity of the influx is overwhelming the capacity of governments to cope,” he writes.
On Wednesday the world, which has turned a blind eye and deaf ear to the plight of the Syrians for the last three years, paid attention as a photo of one young victim went viral. The photo showed the body of three-year old Aylan Kurdi being carried away from the shore after he drowned to death along with his brother, Galip, 5, and his mother.
According to USA Today, he and his family had been denied asylum by the Canadian government.
While most refugees are making their way to Europe from Turkey, many are now making the journey by taking a route that takes them across Russia’s Arctic border, reports The Wall Street Journal.