With more and more Syrian migrants and refugees fleeing their homeland due to civil conflict, many countries within Europe are becoming concerned on what this intake of refugees will do to their nations economies. Tens of thousands of refugees have already entered Europe on asylum to escape the conflict between the Syrian government, its opposition and renowned terrorist organization ISIS or IS. With this, approximately “9,000 migrants arrived in Greece every day last week, the highest rate so far this year“, putting an enormous strain on the already injured Greek economy, putting strain on the Greek import and export markets that touch virtually every nations in Europe and several nations abroad, including the US. The greek government as well as other nations across Europe, such as Germany or the Balkan states must expand and divide their resources set aside for their own people to accommodate these refugees, pushing the boundaries of their economies, resulting in “11 EU states and three non-EU countries met to discuss how to handle growing number of migrants”. Part of such negotiations include the “discouragement of the movement of migrants to neighboring countries’ borders without informing neighboring countries” or “appointment of contact officers who can submit information on migrant numbers to other countries and authorities”. All this in hopes to save precious resources and areas to house, feed and pay medical attention to these migrants.
Following a main migrant route, may families and individuals must go through Turkish and Greek borders first before entering central Europe, though many pass through, may are stuck or choose to stay in Greece or Turkey, thinking the closest safe area to home will be the best option, sadly, many are mistaken. Similar to a dam in a flood, Greece and turkey are overwhelmed with migrants, “There is only space for 200, but more than 1,000 are here. Those who can afford it stay in hotels”. Others speculate this will surly put a damper on the greek tourist industry which generates a seizable amount of revenue for the nation.
Other nations however see the flood of migrants into Europe in positive light for their economic own gain. Russia is aiming to aid the Syrian’s against ISIS troops in hopes of showing good faith for the EU to lower its economic sanctions against the former soviet power. These sanctions are in place in part my the Russian invasion of Crimea which was frowned upon, not only in Europe, but across the globe, including the US, which pushed for sanctions as well.
The main question that is passed across these articles is not one of what to do with these migrants, but more so how to distribute them across Europe while protecting the economic and social health of the nation that takes in these migrants.