It took the unforgiving death of a Kurdish toddler to get European governments to reconsider resettling the thousands of refugees coming from Turkey and the Mediterranean. When the photo of 3 year old Aylan Kurdi coincidentally fleeing with his family from Kobane was beamed around the world it served as an epiphany for many Western governments. For years, the deaths of Syrian, Kurdish children were only seen from a distance and as the cold military term "collateral damage" and not as children who are human. The EU Foreign Policy minister Mogherini tried to argue that the photo of Aylan was emotional blackmail and was later condemned for his comment by local citizens. The kind response and help that ordinary EU citizens have been showing to arriving migrant families and refugees in Germany, Italy and now Scandinavia has equally put their respective governments to shame. Iceland, as small as it is has also step up with Icelanders offering to open their homes to host thousands of Syrian refugees. The idea was proposed to the Icelandic government by ordinary citizens not vice versea.
Australia migrant policy and quotas
Canada's Response to the Refugee Crisis in Europe
Canada and the United States have also been following the migrant crisis in Europe. Both governments have been quiet on whether or not to accept Syrian refugees. Both countries resettle over forty thousand refugees, asylum seekers and migrants annually without help from the UN or IOM. Canadian parliament has been discussing the direction Canada should take to help Syrian refugees if the time comes. Aylan Kurdi's family were attempting to seek asylum in Canada when tragedy struck. Since the revelation, Canada has been deeply disturbed by the plight of Syrian refugees. Canadian human rights organizations and citizens have been reminding Canadians that not only is Canada a nation of immigrants but that the country has a duty to set the example to help people in need if they live half way across the world.