The migrant crisis is a historical event of population movement that has not been seen since biblical times. Whole populations and nations have been upended and left in crisis since the devastating wars in the middle east. Millions of displaced persons have endeavored to migrate to Europe and other countries.
Global According to the UNHCR the number of displayed worlwide reached over 59 million at the end of 2014, the highest level since WW1.
War and Civil War – In June 2015 the UN refugee agency reported that wars and persecutions are the main reasons behind the refugee crises all over the world. A decade earlier, six people were forced to leave their homes every 60 seconds, but this average has increased four times because of the wars that drive 24 people from their homes each minute in 2015.
Because of the huge loss of innocent lives in the Mediterranean sea in the perilous journey from North Africa to Europe, a number of large scale rescue mission have been deployed by various countries. There is much debate as to this operation and comparisons have been made to the rescue and help of the displayed people during the horrific time of World War 2. Here again millions of people left Europe mainly for the safety of America. New nation states were also formed by the refugees like the state of Israel fro instance. There is no doubt that the use of social media has made the public awareness to these events. Unlike the concentration camps of WW2 where the word got out near the end of the war of the terrible deaths of millions, now the information and imagery is made instant to the global audience. It is the decision of this audience to act now. There is no excuse of not knowing the large scale events unlike the Belson and Austeich concentration camps. Even though the tragedy is of immense proportions, sometimes it only takes the death of one person to bring it all home. Back in WW2, the death of Anne Frank is still in the public consciousness. Today it is the death of a child, Alan Kurdi, who was washed up on a beach on the Mediterranean shore line that has sparked outrage. Since this tragedy many more operations have now been put in place. Here in Ireland, the Irish Naval Service has deployed their ships to the rescue operation in the Mediterranean. More than 10,000 people have been rescued by Ireland’s Naval Service, since they were first deployed to the area in May 2015. The deployment of Irish Naval vessels in the humanitarian search and rescue tasks shows the compassion that Ireland always had towards Third World countries.