In the United States this crisis is hushed and played down. But over here in Europe it is very real, and violent. Where to get news from, what to believe? It is up to everyone one of us to determine the facts for ourselves. Because one thing is for sure we are not being told the truth about this situation from our media or government.
The perils facing migrants from Africa and the Middle East trying to get to Europe across the Mediterranean have been underscored. With economic decay, war, persecution and unemployment gripping at least a dozen countries on Europe's southern rim, the surge of migration north has overwhelmed authorities in Europe, which has struggled to articulate a single coherent policy and, say critics, played into the hands of unscrupulous people traffickers. It is not necessarily an exaggeration to characterise the scale of would-be migrants arriving illegally in Europe as a permanent crisis but even within this context 2015 is looking like a particularly difficult year.
Thousands were saved last year by Italy's search and rescue operation, Mare Nostrum, but that unit was stood down last autumn, replaced by a European operation with a much flimsier mandate.
The volume of migrants is, as ever, a result of many different factors. Many thousands arrive every year from sub-Saharan Africa, notably Eritrea and Somalia, fleeing economic chaos, war and human rights abuses. More recently the numbers have been swollen by ever more people escaping conflict and civil breakdown in Libya and Syria. More than 120,000 Syrians have arrived in Europe since 2011, according to the UN refugee agency, the UNHCR. This is a large number, but nonetheless a small proportion of the 3 million or so Syrians who have fled abroad, mostly to neighbouring Jordan and Turkey.
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