The massive flow of immigrants coming from the Middle East is continuing without pause. Most of the refugees coming from the Middle East (Syria, Iraq and Northern Africa), first travel to Turkey. The distance from the Turkish coast to the Greek islands Kos and Lesbos is only a few kilometers, albeit sometimes over a rough sea. Many decide to spend thousands of Euros to human traffickers to get to the Greek Islands in little boats.

Once they arrived there, the Greek government takes them to the mainland by ferry boat. According to EU-rules, refugees should ask asylum in the first country of the European Union they arrive in.

But most of them don’t want to live in Greece. Instead they want to travel to Germany where they know they’ll receive more financial help. To get there, they first have to pass through Macedonia, Serbia, Hungary and Austria.

No country had prepared for providing shelter for such a massive amount of people at the same time, so everywhere they arrive, it’s chaos. As Macedonia and Serbia are not part of the European Union, they simply let the refugees pass through their territory without problems. Hungary however has to protect their part of the European Borders and protested against so many people illegally entering its territory. To stop the flow of refugees coming through, they build a 175 km fence with barbed wire on the border with Serbia and passed a law to imprison anyone passing the border illegally.

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The immigrants however, simply took a small detour to neighboring country Croatia before entering Hungary, thereby avoiding the border fence. Hungary acted by building another fence on their 300 km border with Croatia.

The massive flow of people then started passing through Croatia to the border with Slovenia (also a member of EU). So the chaos moved from Hungary to Croatia, where the same problems occurred with too many refugees arriving at the same time. Slovenia couldn’t cope with 30,000 people passing its borders per day and decided to limit the number of entries allowed per day, a measure which they later dropped under pressure of Croatia.

But the problem is only shifting. Now ten thousands of immigrants try to enter Austria and subsequently the Austrian government also decided to put up a fence on their border with Slovenia.

No country in Europe is equipped to provide shelter for so many people at the same time. Sometimes the refugees become impatient and violent because they are not allowed free passage through Europe. Every day many more are risking the boat trip to Greece. Nearly 800,000 refugees entered Europe this year and the number is still rising.