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Migrants & Refugees (HBO) - Last Week Tonight with ... If Surrey were Syria. Our powerful new video brings home the reality of life under siege that millions of Syrian families face on a daily basis.

If Surrey were Syria

We used hidden cameras to record the reactions of people in a Surrey town to a series of events, unimaginable in the UK but sadly all too common in Syria. A global crisis More than 11 million people have fled their homes and 420,000 people are living under siege inside Syria. Some communities are blocked off from essential supplies and families are having to forage for food to survive. Citizens caught smuggling aid into cities under siege, risk being persecuted and potentially killed.

The war's deadliest summer yet has sparked a global refugee crisis with Greece experiencing a refugee influx which has skyrocketed 750% compared with last year - two thirds of them are from Syria. Extreme choices “A tiny fraction of Syrian refugees make it to Europe. "These families now face an extreme choice, to return to a war zone or risk drowning as they are smuggled into Europe.

The Arab World’s Wealthiest Nations are Doing Next to Nothing for Syria’s Refugees. European countries are bowing to pressure to accept more refugees; why aren’t the mega-wealthy Arab nations like Qatar, UAE and Saudi Arabia?

The Arab World’s Wealthiest Nations are Doing Next to Nothing for Syria’s Refugees

The Washington Post does a great job shaming them, but will they care? The world has been transfixed in recent weeks by the unfolding refugee crisis in Europe, an influx of migrants unprecedented since World War II. Their plight was chillingly highlighted on Wednesday in the image of a drowned Syrian toddler, his lifeless body lying alone on a Turkish beach. A fair amount of attention has fallen on the failure of many Western governments to adequately address the burden on Syria’s neighboring countries, which are struggling to host the brunt of the roughly 4 million Syrians forced out of the country by its civil war.Some European countries have been criticized for offering sanctuary only to a small number of refugees, or for discriminating between Muslims and Christians.

[continues at the Washington Post] Businessinsider. We live in an increasingly connected world—one where not having access to a cellphone could mean more than mere inconvenience.

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It can even be the difference between life and death. Recent analysis from the Pew Research Center shows that 53 percent of smartphone owners in the U.S. have used them to get help in emergencies. Glogin?mobile=1&URI= Surprised that Syrian refugees have smartphones? Sorry to break this to you, but you're an idiot - Comment - Voices. “Hey, those people fleeing war in Syria aren’t poor at all!

Surprised that Syrian refugees have smartphones? Sorry to break this to you, but you're an idiot - Comment - Voices

This map helps explain why some European countries reject refugees, and others love them. As hundreds of Germans held up "Welcome Refugees" signs last weekend, much of Europe watched in bewilderment.

This map helps explain why some European countries reject refugees, and others love them

“Germany is the only country that is welcoming us,” said Alalie, a 37-year-old from Damascus, Syria, and one of the thousands of refugees who arrived at the main train station in Munich. Nearly all of the refugees had come from Hungary — a country with restrictive immigration policies and where many said the authorities had treated them inhumanely. But why are there such deep divides within Europe? Why do some countries welcome refugees, while others do everything they can to keep them out?

UN Says Europe's Refugee Crisis Is Even Worse Than We Thought. Trying to follow what is going on in Syria and why? This comic will get you there in 5 minutes. That warning has become a global alert.

Trying to follow what is going on in Syria and why? This comic will get you there in 5 minutes.

Since the uprising against Assad in March 2011, over 240,000 people have been killed, 4 million Syrians have fled their country, and over 7 million have been displaced. The headlines are full of the heartbreaking stories of these refugees — including young children — who have died trying to reach safety in other countries. The story of these refugees is deeply tied to the effects of climate change. "We are experiencing a surprising uptick in global insecurity ... partially due to our inability to manage climate stress. " That's how Columbia University professor Marc Levy (who also does studies for the U.S. government) summed it up. What's happening in Syria and across Europe is part of a larger story that affects us all. 10 moving photos of Europe's migrant crisis - BBC News. The photographs of a three-year-old Syrian boy found dead on a beach in Turkey are among the most powerful to have emerged from Europe's migrant crisis.

10 moving photos of Europe's migrant crisis - BBC News

But many other moving pictures have been taken over the years, illustrating the dangers of the migrants' journey or the treatment they have received on arrival in Europe. Image copyright Juan Medina / Reuters 1. Juan Medina was working as a photographer for a local paper in the Canary Islands in 2004 when yet another small boat arrived, packed with men from sub-Saharan Africa.

As a Spanish Civil Guard patrol approached, it capsized and nine men drowned. POEM: REFUGEE BLUES BY WH AUDEN. Say this city has ten million souls,Some are living in mansions, some are living in holes:Yet there's no place for us, my dear, yet there's no place for us.

POEM: REFUGEE BLUES BY WH AUDEN

Once we had a country and we thought it fair,Look in the atlas and you'll find it there:We cannot go there now, my dear, we cannot go there now. Quick facts: What you need to know about the Syria crisis. Editor's note: This article was originally published on August 13, 2013; it was updated on September 3, 2015 to reflect the latest information.

Quick facts: What you need to know about the Syria crisis

Donate today to help Syrian families survive crisis and rebuild their lives ▸ Syria’s civil war is the worst humanitarian disaster of our time. The number of innocent civilians suffering — more than 11 million people are displaced, thus far — and the increasingly dire impact on neighboring countries can seem too overwhelming to understand. But one fact is simple: millions of Syrians need our help. And the more aware people are of the situation, the more we can build a global response to reach them.

The difference between a migrant and refugee, in one sentence - Europe. It's not hard to see that using sort of language could have a dangerous impact on the discourse surrounding migrants.

The difference between a migrant and refugee, in one sentence - Europe

"Words that convey an exaggerated sense of threat can fuel anti-immigration sentiment and a climate of intolerance and xenophobia," Alexander Betts, director of the Refugee Studies Center at Oxford University, told WorldViews recently. Critically analyzing the derogatory words used to describe migrants is clearly prudent, but some want to go even further: Last week, Al Jazeera English broke with other major news organizations to announce that it was ditching the word "migrant. " "The umbrella term migrant is no longer fit for purpose when it comes to describing the horror unfolding in the Mediterranean," Barry Malone, the online editor of Al Jazeera English, explained in a blog post. 5 practical ways you can help refugees trying to find safety in Europe - Europe. 'Airbnb for refugees' group overwhelmed by offers of help. A German group which matchmakes citizens willing to share their homes with refugees said it had been overwhelmed by offers of support, with plans in the works for similar schemes in other European countries.

The Berlin-based Refugees Welcome, which has been described as an “Airbnb for refugees”, has helped people fleeing from Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Mali, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia and Syria. More than 780 Germans have signed up to the Refugees Welcome website and 26 people have been placed in private homes so far. Two of the site’s founders, Jonas Kakoschke, 31, and Mareike Geiling, 28, live with 39-year-old Bakari, a refugee from Mali, whom they are helping with German classes while he waits for a work permit. They are not migrant hordes – they are people, and they're probably nicer than us - Fleet Street Fox. They do not have names. They do not have needs, or rights, or jobs, or a tax code, or a passport. 10 truths about Europe’s migrant crisis. When you’re facing the world’s biggest refugee crisis since the second world war, it helps to have a sober debate about how to respond.

But to do that, you need facts and data – two things that the British migration debate has lacked this summer. Theresa May got the ball rolling in May, when she claimed on Radio 4 that the vast majority of migrants to Europe are Africans travelling for economic reasons. The media has followed suit, one example being the Daily Mail’s unsubstantiated recent assertion that seven in 10 migrants at Calais will reach the UK. Foreign secretary Philip Hammond this week not only repeated May’s claims about African economic migrants, but portrayed them as marauders who would soon hasten the collapse of European civilisation. Death on the Mediterranean: One Teenage Migrant's Story  I spent the last week on the Italian islands of Lampedusa and Sicily - both on the frontlines of migration to Europe from Libya. There I met migrants from countries as diverse as Syria, Eritrea, Bangladesh and Sudan.

All risked their lives travelling across the Mediterranean. What's Being Done To Stop The Mediterranean Migrant Crisis And Why It's Not Enough. The deaths of more than 800 people in the Mediterranean Sea on Sunday have led to renewed calls for international action to address the region's ongoing humanitarian crisis, in which thousands of migrants have lost their lives attempting to reach Europe by water. While Sunday marked the single deadliest day of the crisis thus far, it was not an isolated incident.

Attitudes towards migration