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Europe's crisis of conscience

September 25, 2015

Christina Pazzanese
Harvard Gazette
September 25, 2015

It took a searing image of a 3-year-old Syrian boy who had drowned and washed ashore on a Turkish beach to put a human face on what analysts and human rights activists have been calling a humanitarian crisis for years.

The flood of refugees seeking asylum in Europe is not new. Over the last decade or so, millions driven from their homelands by ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan and Somalia, for example, have found respite in European nations, with varying success.

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