Reluctant Journeys

A documentary based on an Afghan migrants life after arriving to the UK.

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Migration in the UK

Today, the world is facing a major crisis. Migration. It has hit us as one of the most problematic world crisis’ in history. Europe is faced with an influx of migrants coming from such countries like Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Eritrea and Somalia.

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More than 80% of the migrants coming into Europe have escaped from conflicts, abuse and poverty. Germany, Sweden and the UK are among the three most appealing countries from refugees fleeing their war-torn homes.

Some European countries have closed borders and some such as Saudi Arabia haven’t even taken a single refugee due to the great movement of migrants, which has resulted in thousands of people stuck in Greece; this has increased fears of the humanitarian crisis.

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Angela Merkel has announced that Germany will be taking 800,000 refugees this year and it is likely to increase to 1 million due to the constant flow of refugees. According to the UN, almost 1.8 million migrants have gone to Turkey as well as 600,000 to Jordan with Lebanon, a country with a population of 4 million, has taken in 1 million migrants.

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David Cameron has announced that priority will be given to Syrians. Only 20,000 Syrians will be taken in by 2020 in the UK. Whether this is a fair amount or not that is individual opinion but could Britain do more?

If Lebanon, with a population of just 4 million can take on 25% of its population in refugees, why is Britain taking such a small amount ?

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Migrants leaving their homes face many difficulties on their journeys to Europe. Thousands of people take the sea route which is the most dangerous of all. It has been estimated by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) that more than 1,011,700 migrants arrived to Europe by sea in 2015, while only 34,900 by land.

Those making their way from Greece take the sea route via Turkey which is usually in weak rubber dinghies or small wooden boats.

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Thousands of migrants lose their lives or of lost ones as they try to cross the Mediterranean Sea. IOM has reported than more than 3,770 migrants were reported to have died in the year 2015.

In this Radio documentary, we hear stories from real migrants that have taken the dangerous journey from Syria and Afghanistan to seek a better life in the UK.

Sabir Zazai, a former refugee with years of experience in the refugee resettlement, now a Centre Director at Coventry Refugee and Migration Centre, speaks to us about his experiences. He tells us about his views on the UK’s decision to only take 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020.

A representative from Migration Watch UK discusses the UK Government policy on housing, health and education for the resettled migrants who are currently in the UK and how the rise of migrants in the UK may affect jobs, health care and housing.

We take to the streets of central London to hear the views of the public on the decision made by Prime Minister David Cameron.