The and even NGOs. Politicians around the world are

The refugee
crisis that has emerged in recent years within, but not only, Europe and Middle
East countries has shed light on issues of immigration. The reactions of governments
and their citizens has shown how people relate and react when issues that have
always been far away suddenly come to their front door. Governments of ‘destination’
countries, such as Italy and France,

The unfolding refugee crisis in the Middle East and
Europe, as well as so many others that go unreported, has laid bare how
societies relate to people in desperate circumstances when they are from a
country that is not their own. In particular, a number of issues have emerged
from the responses of politicians of destination countries, the media and even
NGOs. 

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Politicians around the world are looking for ways to cope
with the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people, either by agreeing on
a number they will take on, by closing borders, train stations and building
fences, or by criminalising those fleeing, or just focusing on people smugglers
cashing in, rather than helping those whose rights are violated on a massive
scale.  Many are also completely silent. The public, meanwhile is either
misinformed by biased tabloid journalism, or by charities suggesting handouts
are the solution.

But it is especially in these circumstances that we must press
for rights-based solutions. International humanitarian and human rights law
exists specifically to provide a framework for governments and international
organisations tackling such crises.

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