More than 4 million Syrians are refugees outside their country and many more are homeless and displaced within the country.
But fewer than one-tenth of the Syrian refugees have sought asylum in Europe, and, according to Pew Research, four out of five of the asylum-seekers are not Syrian.
The International Convention on Refugees requires countries to accept anyone who flees their own country out of a well-founded fear of persecution on the grounds of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a social group.
National governments put applicants through a vetting process to determine whether they truly are refugees. I think it is reasonable to think that many of the applicants are just typical poor immigrants in search of a better life. I don’t condemn anybody from migrating in search of a better life, but this is not the same thing as being a refugee.
I think it would be a nice gesture for European countries to take in Syrian refugees. I think the countries that should take in the most refugees are the countries that did the most to create the refugee problem.
Aside from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, these countries are the USA, the UK and France, which have bombed Syria and backed radical terrorist rebels against the government.
But this would be a gesture only. The only real solution to the Syrian refugee problem is peace in Syria, followed by rebuilding, so that they can return to their own country.