After this weekend’s terror attacks in Paris that claimed 129 lives, how will the international community react and how will that reaction impact the current flood of refugees entering Europe?
As I outlined in a prior post the fear that Middle Eastern refugees were being used to hide terrorists was one held widely by many around the world. That fear can now be validated following the attacks. One of the terrorists came into Europe with refugees through Greece. This news has sparked further tensions all throughout Europe. A Polish minister have advocated for the return of Syrian’s to their homeland so they can fight there, not in Europe, as well as saying that Poland will no longer accept the EU quota for Refugees. With growing mistrust for migrants and refugees many people in Europe are demanding that their governments close the borders and no allow any more people in to the country. The paris attacks and likelihood that more than one of the terrorists came to Europe pretending to be refugees will only stoke this anger.
While the US does not play a very large role in placing refugees and migrants, states throughout the country have officially said they will no longer accept any refugees because of security concerns. this means that there will be even fewer places for the migrants and refugees to go once the inevitable closure of European borders in the near future. The lack of outflow from Syria and the refusal of Gulf States to take any refugees will mean a larger and more violent civil war as more and more people are either forced to fight by one side or have no option but to fight to protect their family, as we discussed in class.