As the number of refugees is constantly increasing, governments don’t seem to have an immediate response to the crisis that is upon us. In the first 7 months of 2015, more than 224.000 of refugees from Syrian, Afghanistan and Eritrea have entered Europe, according to the UN refugee agency. The real number is most likely higher because as governments continue to fail in making a decision towards putting an end to this crisis, activists and volunteers have taken matters into their own hands.
For example, the Peng Collective is an activist group founded 2 years ago in Berlin by Max Thalbach. Thalbach doesn’t encourage hiding refugees in trunks of cars or caring them across the Mediterranean Sea with illegal ships, he built a web-based campaign through which he publishes a device and tips on how to cross the borders by slipping passed roadway checkpoints. The Peng Collective is aware that people who cross European borders, undocumented, if caught, might face up to 10 years in prison. But those who with Thalbach’s tips manage to cross the borders have their legal costs covered by an online fund sat up by the activist’s group. Activists aren’t the only ones who offer refugees a chance to reintegrate in society, a big wave of volunteerism and online campaigns have been initiated. For example, last month, more than 10.000 Facebook users from Iceland offered to take in refugees because their government would only take in 50 people.
The public opinion on the crisis is divided across Europe because of a number of terrorists (ISIS), that have entered European countries alongside refugees. Although accepting terrorists is an actual threat we shouldn’t close our borders to good people who have lost everything and only want a new chance.