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Refugees and Dangerous Routes

Refugees must flee their country within a matter of hours. They must leave everything behind. The safety of their own home and all their belongings. If they’re ‘lucky’ they had some time to pack a bag, but this might not be the case, and they could be left with nothing.

The high-point of the number of refugees since World War II

What’s next is a seemingly endless journey through war-torn countries, rugged terrains and sometimes even freezing waters. All in hope for a brighter future and safety for their family. The number of refugees and internally displaced people has reached its highest point since World War II in 2015 with  more than 60 million refugees. A large percentage is fleeing from war-torn Syria. An estimated 11 million Syrians have fled their homes since the outbreak of the war in March 2011, many of them left Syria heading to safer grounds.

Many migrants cross the Mediterranean Sea in search of safety. They travel to safer countries in terrible conditions often relying their lives on unsafe boats and dinghies. Most people who’re arriving by sea are fleeing from war, conflict or persecution at home, as well as deteriorating conditions in many refugee-hosting countries.

These refugees need help and protection. This has always been, and still is, a core human value since civilization flourished. There are references to assisting those fleeing war and persecution in texts written 3,500 years ago, during the blossoming of the great Hittite, Babylonian, Assyrian and Egyptian empires. In modern times, the 1951 Refugee Convention has set the global standard for refugee protection. The core principle is non-refoulement, which claims that a refugee should not be returned to a country where they face serious threats to their life or freedom. At a moment of persistent and new conflicts, these principles are as important as ever.

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