Only about 10% of the world’s refugees arrive to Europe. The vast majority of refugees do stay in neighboring countries and only very few are recognized as refugees – they are just tolerated to some extent by the host country. The countries bordering areas of conflicts and dictator regimes are already crowded and are often struggling with their own problems, such as Lebanon and Jordan. 86% of the world’s 60 million refugees are staying in developing countries.
Many refugees spend their lives and maybe even generations in large, permanent refugee camps such as Dadaab in Kenya, Zaatari in Jordan and the now bombed Yarmouk in Damascus.
Many of the refugees who arrive in Denmark have also tried to live in neighbour countries for a period. To flee to another continent is not the first thought that comes to people. Moreover, it is very expensive to get to Europe and the journey usually means risking your life.
In Turkey, only 10% of the Syrian refugees are living in refugee camps. The rest are trying to survive as best they can – thay have no right to work, and the children have no access to school. Tutkey is not safe either, refugees are being deported over the border back to Syria and Iran, and it is not possible to apply for asylum in Turkey – at most, you can be temporarily accommodated in a refugee camp.