Migration: A look at challenges and myths

This is the eighth of 12 primers on current affairs issues that are part of the outreach programme for The Straits Times-Ministry of Education National Current Affairs Quiz.

By 2015, the civil war in Syria was already in its fourth year, having displaced half of its population of 22 million, who poured into neighbouring countries of Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.

But it was the spectre of millions of Syrians pouring into Europe which touched off a political firestorm.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 27, 2019, with the headline 'Migration: A look at challenges and myths'. Print Edition | Subscribe