They fled war and terror to find refuge in Fortress Europe, but all they find now is violence and systematic discrimination. 
Increasing violence, especially for children, is a fact of life for many migrants and refugees in Europe. The violence comes from the police and people outside refugee camps. There is a name for the latter group who travel to Calais in France to attack migrants and refugees at night – it’s called "citizen violence”. 
Those most affected by police violence are frightened of speaking out against officers who should be their protectors from the many threats, including the prowling smugglers and traffickers behind "camp violence”.
According to a Refugee Rights Data Project report in March, 76% of camp residents (and 82% of women) have experienced violence from the police, while 70% have been exposed to teargas. Of the 700 children in the Calais camp, a staggering 78% are on their own.
Over 61% of children also admit that they have "never felt safe” there. This is a common emotion found in places where the state protectors form part of the machinery of abuse, safe in the knowledge that few abuses will be reported and even fewer pursued.
The volume of migrants and refugees is a result of many different factors. Many hundreds arrive every week from sub-Saharan Africa, fleeing economic chaos, war and human rights abuses. More recently the numbers have increased by ever more people escaping conflict and civil breakdown in Libya, Syria, Iraq and Yemen.
Under these circumstances, it is wrong to assume the flow of people from into the EU is that they are led by a desire to earn money. Undoubtedly, the desperate economic situation in places like Egypt and the Palestinian territories does fuel this movement. But the UN notes that those in the three main nations of origin – Syria, Eritrea and Somalia – are escaping conflict. This is especially the case for Syrians.
In the short time, it’s not very likely that there will be a European solution. So far, most of the focus has been on preventing embarkation of migrant boats from transit countries to Europe. Put bluntly, it doesn’t take into account whether leaving migrants in Libya might expose them to danger.
A real commitment to saving lives and protecting refugees, however, would not focus on preventing departures or containing people fleeing conflict and persecution. 
It would start with addressing the root causes of the crisis, including, the violence against refugees. It would also begin with agreeing to fulfil the pleas of the UN for a modest program to resettle the most vulnerable refugees already languishing in Fortress Europe. Lastly, it would start with end the bogus U.S.-led War on Terror, including the running war on Syria.