Refugee Facts

Who is a Refugee?

-one that flees; especially :a person who flees to a foreign country to escape danger or persecution. -Miriam Webster Dictionary

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Why are there so many Syria Refugees?

Syria has been in the midst of a civil war since 2011. Since civil war exploded inside Syria over 12 million people have fled their homes, with almost 5 million refugees sheltering in neighboring states that are struggling to support them.

Why do so many Refugees enter Greece? 

Greece is called the Gateway to Europe. It is easily accessible from Turkey where many Refugees flee. In 2015 at the height of the Refugee crisis an average of 10,000 refugees crossed the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Greece.  More than 1 million refugees crossed Greece into Europe seeking Asylum. Since 2015 approximately 11,050 people have lost their lives in the Mediterranean.