Despite the latest disaster | Economic hardship forces Syrian, Lebanese and Palestinian civilians to immigrate • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Despite the latest disaster | Economic hardship forces Syrian, Lebanese and Palestinian civilians to immigrate

“Life and death have become the same thing. We, Syrian people, are drowned on land.” In those words, a Syrian civilian has described the disastrous situations and poor living conditions of the Syrian people in Syria and Lebanon, which forced the victims of the “migrant boat” that sank off Syria last week to risk their lives, dreaming to enjoy decent standards of living in Italy.

 

Despite the low chances of survival and considerable risks and threats, many Syrians, Lebanese and Palestinians have determined to sneak to Europe by sea, by land and by air and at any cost in order to flee dreadful living conditions in their homelands.

 

In the bloodiest disaster in years, 160 people searching for a safe haven and dreaming to find dignified living in Europe did not hesitate when it came to “throw” themselves in a rickety small boat whose capacity did not exceeded 30 passengers. Sadly, most of the migrants who were on this boat drowned, as only 20 people have survived, while tens have gone missing.

 

Despite the disaster, thousands of Syrians are seeking to migrate to Europe or any Arab country, fleeing the deteriorating living conditions in light of the Syria’s dilapidated economy, the mandatory conscription to the Syrian army and the escalating security chaos, as well as racist campaign which Syrians are subjected to in neighbouring countries.