How to make a difference in the refugee crisis
It's easy to feel too small in the face of crisis, and especially in the face of people fleeing their homes, struggling to find safe harbour, and ultimately being unable to return to the lives they used to know. It's easy, in such situations, to feel too small to make a difference, tempted to look the other way. Unfortunately, ignoring problems doesn't make them go away; instead, it allows the perpetrators of crime and chaos to carry on doing what they are doing.
In the face of the current refugee crisis, here is what you can do.
Know what is happening
The first thing you should do is get familiar with what is happening.
The U.N. states:
An unprecedented 65.6 million people around the world have been forced from home. Among them are nearly 22.5 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18.
There are also 10 million stateless people who have been denied a nationality and access to basic rights such as education, healthcare, employment and freedom of movement.
This means that nearly 20 people per minute are fleeing their homes as a result of conflict or persecution.
More than half of the world refugees fled from one of three countries: Syria, Afghanistan or South Sudan. The ongoing civil war in Syria, which began in 2011, is largely responsible for the refugee crisis that people in Europe talk about. But there are many other areas where people have been displaced, from Somalia to Myanmar - where 1.7 million Rohingya people have ran from persecution.
In 2016, only 189,300 refugees were resettled in new homes where they can start new lives. That is less than 0.3% of the people who have been displaced, and less than 0.8% of the total of refugees.
This TED talk gives you some information on what is happening and how you can help.