The European Refugee Crisis : The First Migration Crisis Of The 21st Century

2495 Words Nov 27th, 2016 10 Pages
The European refugee crisis is the first migration crisis of the 21st century. One of the primary causes why Europe is dealing with a staggering influx of migrants is due to the increase of violence in the refugee’s countries. Ever since the division of the Ottoman Empire, conflicts in the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa have become common. A certain hatred and rivalry lives and thrives in this region of the world and can clearly be felt throughout the differences among their populations and religions. Waves of violence have been setting off for decades in these regions, but the last five years have intensified when compared to previous years. The biggest setoffs of violence in this global region took place in 2011 during the Arab Spring. The Arab spring was essentially started by a Tunisian fruit vendor who had been humiliated publicly by the Tunisian police and had decided to bring attention to his cause by setting himself on fire in front of a Tunisian government building. This simple, yet extreme, action essentially gave a start to what would become a multinational, anti-governmental protests all throughout the Middle East and the Sub-Saharan African regions causing the overthrow of multiple governments. As certain countries had their government overthrown, other countries are still currently fighting to achieve the same result. As a result, till this day some of these countries, including Syria, are still in the midst of fighting their civil wars.
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