Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Affairs Committee


Mitra MalekGhasemi
United Kingdom

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Committee: Social, Cultural and Humanitarian Topic: Maritime Refugees Country: Poland

Maritime refugees are not a new phenomenon, however, in recent years this issue has again been brought to the forefront of the world’s attention. This crisis carries with it negative implications for all who are involved. Maritime immigrants often face horrific conditions aboard decrepit vessels and those who survive and are received as refugees may then face great difficulty in assimilating into their new host country. At the same time, countries taking in refugees are limited by their own economic and social standings, and by the amount of physical space available.

In the wake of weakening economies, escalating civil wars and an increasingly prevalent case of religious extremism coupled with brutality, the number of maritime refugees seeking asylum only continues to increase. In the first 6 months of 2015 near 137,000 migrants crossed the Mediterranean Sea in order to enter Greece, an 83% increase compared 2014. Most of these migrants seek to settle in the west which is becoming problematic as many western countries cannot cope with the number of migrants they must accept.

Poland faces many issues when taking in refugees as it has a fairly high population density of 328 people per square mile and suffers from a lack of adequate housing, making it impractical to accept large numbers of refugees. Some non-Christian refugees may find it difficult to integ...

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