Migration Essay

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“Critically evaluate how social psychology relates to the ‘European Migration Crisis’ of the summer 2015 using the two news articles provided.”

‘’Migrants and refugees streaming into Europe from Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia have presented European leaders and policymakers with their greatest challenge since the debt crisis, ’’ Jeanne Parker, Deputy Director Council of Foreign Relations (September, 2015). It has been estimated by the IOM that within the first few months of this year, over 464,000 migrants have crossed into Europe, 150 per hour in Germany (Express), with the majority constituting Syrians escaping civil war.

With the recent terrorist attacks on France and threats of ISIS across Europe and Western countries
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The high contribution of tourism to the Turkish community has also suffered after the Express reported bodies of immigrants having washed up on shores of Bodrum, putting off future potential tourists. This drastic decline on the tourism economy, which so many locals rely for employment, as well as the increased competition for jobs with growing populations in migrant destinations and worries over relative depravity and inequality among communities, emotions will have indeed heightened and collective action ignited among worried natives. There have also been several reports of migrants disappearing and migrants illegally seeking new lives in East Anglia, fuelling claims by critics of the lack of documentation or sense of order of borders. Khalid Koser of the Brookings Institution, however mentions of the risk of the fine line between enhancing security on migration and legitimizing dehumanizing actions previously discussed of degrading treatment of asylum seekers and refugees.

The concept of bystander-apathy where a lack of ability to relate to a group in need tends to favour inaction of aid or diffusion of responsibility onto another group to solve can also be apparent in the crisis. Particularly, among political parties designated to resolve the crisis. Daily Mail’s reported statement by British MP Peter Bone setting blame onto Brussels