Many refugees say Syria feels “just like home.”
In response to a surge in Syrian citizens fleeing civil war in their home country, the nation of Syria has boldly announced its intent to accept four million refugees.
Millions of Syrian citizens have been displaced by the conflict, but the Syrian government is eager to set an example for the rest of the world by welcoming displaced persons with open arms.
United Nations officials support Syria’s action, and they are confident that the fleeing population will acclimate to Syria better than any other nation. Spokesman Johannes Holden explained, “In other countries, these refugees would likely have to prove their citizenship, possibly separate from their families, or even die painfully and tragically while awaiting medical care. We can’t expect other nations to take on the responsibility of continuing to make life a living hell for these individuals.”
Holden continued, “But, relocating to Syria would take very little adjustment for these people.”
Similarly, other countries are reportedly rejecting large numbers of Syrian refugees who reach their borders. When asked whether Turkey would consider opening its borders to allow Syrians to take refuge, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said, “Turkey does not have the social or financial resources to help such a high number of refugees, but we applaud Syria for its commitment to aiding in this crisis.”
President of Syria Bashar al-Assad has also been hailed by human rights advocates for opening Syria’s border to so many people in need. He told reporters, “If we don’t help these poor people, where else can they go?”