Refugee crisis

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A refugee crisis is defined as when many displaced people move from their home country to another, in a difficult or dangerous way.


Encyclopaedic information

The Syrian refugee crisis is the result of a March 2011 violent government crackdown on public demonstrations in support of a group of teenagers who were arrested for anti-government graffiti in the southern town of Daraa.


The years following the 2015 refugee crisis saw some European countries enact legislation to speed up deportations.


Synonyms and variants

  • migration crisis
  • migrant crisis


  • European refugee crisis
  • global refugee crisis
  • Syrian refugee crisis
  • Ukrainian refugee crisis
  • 2015 migrant crisis


The topic of US involvement in alleviating the Syrian refugee crisis continues to be a highly contentious issue among legislators, stakeholders, and activists.


In 2016, border controls were temporarily introduced in seven Schengen countries (Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, Poland, and Sweden) in response to the European refugee crisis.


Even now, the European Commission, the European Union's executive branch, is still trying to fix many of the flaws that the 2015 migrant crisis revealed in its asylum system.