Europe's Greatest Crisis since World War II

Various statistics on the recent migration patterns into Europe. Source: wikipedia.org

Various statistics on the recent migration patterns into Europe. Source: wikipedia.org

For the past few months, media outlets have gregariously dissected the “migrant crisis” stemming from those desperate attempts of refugees to escape conflicts in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, etc… to not only Europe, but also the US, and other wealthy regions of the world.

This crisis, and the affected states’ responses to it, has given rise to debate on the rights and responsibilities of countries and international organizations in the handling of displaced persons. Although several institutions and state parliaments are discussing the issue, such deliberations have yet to provide any effective solutions. Growing voices of anti-immigrant and xenophobic sentiments within Europe and US have been calling for stricter controls of borders in an attempt to solve the crisis by shutting the people in need out of their countries...

This year’s ECOSOC leadership will gather at BruinMUN and tackle this delicate subject to hopefully produce approaches that will make the involved parties more prepared to appropriately respond to similar issues today and in the future. Formerly
established framework such as the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees
(CRSR) will be used as a point of reflection on the policies undertaken by states in the
handling of these refugees. Along with this the discussion on the activity, or lack thereof,
of specific states will provide an interesting perspective on the protocols present in the
outcome.

Satirical photo of European, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern political leaders

Satirical photo of European, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern political leaders

One has to go back to the end of World War II to find a more severe refugee situation in Europe in terms of total number of refugees. With winter having come, these displaced people only have so much time before the international community can produce an effective solution in dealing with the issue. What we do know now is that, with the current state of things, the status quo cannot carry on for much longer without the situation deteriorating. 

As the meeting room door closes, the pressure is on. The whole world waits for the international community at BruinMUN’s ECOSOC, which has been tasked with formulating a strategy that effectively addresses one of the greatest humanitarian problems since World War II.