The West must consider humane solutions to refugee crisis

Syria, Feb. 4, 2016: Families fleeing their villages in Latakia after attacks by Russian and Assad regime forces (source: dpa)
Syria, Feb. 4, 2016: Families fleeing their villages in Latakia after attacks by Russian and Assad regime forces (source: dpa)

Horrific photographs of starving children from the besieged Syrian town of Madaya are the latest defining images from the tormented country. Conflict there has claimed the lives of more than 260,000 people – 55,000 in 2015 alone. However, peace in Syria is unlikely in the near future. The deluge of humans flowing out of that country – and many other troubled regions – will not abate soon. As the refugee crisis intensifies, Europe will have to consider ambitious, comprehensive solutions.

Unsurprisingly, the vicious and seemingly unending violence in Syria has driven more than four million refugees out of the country. At least an additional 7.6 million people are displaced within Syria’...

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