The Refugee Crisis Is The World's Problem -- But What Are 'We' Doing?

Taking in refugees is just a start.

The desperate situation Syrian refugees are facing while trying to find safety and stability in the midst of civil war has quickly become one of the biggest global human rights issues out there, with countries stepping up this week to offer more support than ever.

President Obama called on Thursday (Sept. 10) for his administration to prepare for the U.S. to shoulder a bit more of the burden -- by opening our borders to at least 10,000 more Syrian refugees next year, Reuters reports.

Presidential candidates from Martin O'Malley to Donald Trump have weighed in on the crisis -- and surprisingly most totally agree -- saying the U.S. should "do more" to help the people fleeing civil war-torn Syria, but what does that even mean?

What have we actually done?

The United States has taken in 1,500 refugees so far, a number that's expected to double before the end of 2015 and rise even more throughout 2016 with the 10,000 spots authorized by the president. While this is a big step for the United States, the numbers are tiny compared to the number of refugees hosted by Germany (800,000), Turkey (1.9 million), Lebanon (1.1 million) and many others.



Since 2011 the U.S. has been most helpful in the financial relief efforts, National Security Council spokesman Peter Boogard told CNN.

"It is important to note that the United States has provided over $4 billion in humanitarian assistance since the Syrian crisis began, and over $1 billion in assistance this year," Boogaard said. "The U.S. is the single largest donor to the Syrian crisis."

What about ending the war?

Another area the U.S. has been involved in (beyond funds and just offering asylum) is assisting in trying to end the conflict in Syria -- but that's also where things get extra tricky.

The Obama administration's current policy is to assist non-extremist Syrian rebels with training, weapons and funds to try and take out ISIS and other extremist groups in the country without starting a direct conflict with the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (So not an easy feat.)

However, CNN reports that members of the Obama administration, including presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, said that they wanted "a more robust policy" that urged the world's leaders to try and solve the crisis and the conflict together.