Jenna Vasquez

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refugees & immigration, public policy




The European Union (EU) and specifically the countries in southern Europe have experienced an unprecedented number of refugees entering its countries since the Syrian Civil War began in 2011. The resettlement of these refugees has been inadequate due to a number of factors, and there are many bureaucratic obstacles to refugees applying for asylum in an EU country. Additionally, countries simply lack space, resources, and legal staff to handle the influx of newcomers. These factors lead to a variety of negative consequences for the refugees and the host countries, including violence among refugees and law enforcement and financial insecurities and poor living conditions for refugees. Several organizations have intervened in order to improve the refugee resettlement process in Europe, doing things such as revolutionizing the design of refugee camps, providing refugees with an economic identity and footprint, providing temporary host families for refugees, and providing specialized instruction and skills training to the refugees.