For months now, the world has watched as more than a million refugees and migrants from countries like Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan have risked their lives to try and find safe haven in Europe.
But this influx has created enormous tensions in the European Union about how many newcomers to accept and which countries should take them. Governments in Sweden and Germany have each taken in hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants–and taken criticism both from other European states and their own people.
So, who foots the bill for settling the hundreds of thousands of immigrants? And if no one, where will these people go?
On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at the ongoing migration crisis, and the debate over what to do with the thousands coming to Europe each day.
Our guests this week:
- Matthew Cassel, a multimedia journalist and filmmaker. He’s gotten up close with some of these people, traveling with them in Turkey, Hungary and Macedonia, telling their stories for al-Jazeera and other news outlets
- Anthony Glees, director for the Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies at the University of Buckingham
- Laura Pitel, a foreign correspondent for the British newspaper The Independent
- Parke Nicholson, a senior research associate for the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at Johns Hopkins University