Publicado originalmente em: 04/01/2016
You’ve no doubt seen or heard the stories by now: Thousands of migrants, seeking refuge from conflicts, oppression and poverty in many parts of the world, paying smugglers and often meeting a tragic end at sea.
Refugee crises have emerged in places as far-flung as Southeast Asia – where Myanmar’s minority Rohingya Muslims are seeking better fortunes abroad – and in the Mediterranean Sea. In fact, some groups say that the world is now in the midst of the worst refugee crisis to emerge since the end of World War II.
The waves of migrants who have been displaced by conflicts in the Middle East, North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa pose a particularly difficult challenge for the European Union – where political bonds have been frayed by the ongoing economic crisis.