Reality Check: U.S. Policies In Middle East Responsible For Refugee Crisis In Europe [VIDEO]
The images are gut wrenching.
Hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria and across the Middle East fleeing to Europe, being held in camps. Refugees suffocating in vans and trucks overloaded with people. Or the sight of 12 different children whose bodies have washed up on the shores of places like Turkey—where a three-year-old boy’s body was found.
It’s a massive humanitarian crisis. So who is to blame for all of this chaos?
This is a Reality Check you won’t see anywhere else.
The images are making headlines all over the world. But pictures and video alone cannot do justice to the refugee crisis. Neither can these numbers.
19 million people have been forced to flee their home countries in the Middle East and Africa because of war, persecution and oppression. 42,500 more refugees join that group every day.
The biggest driver of the refugee crisis by far is Syria. Four million people—nearly one-fifth of Syria’s population—have fled the country since 2011.