By Madeleine Longwell
World leaders gathered earlier this week at the G-20 summit in Antalya, Turkey. While the summit was originally intended to facilitate discussion among nations about growing the global economy and inequality, it also included discussions about repercussions from the attacks in the past few weeks.
“Here at the G20, our nations have sent an unmistakable message that we are united against this threat. ISIL is the face of evil,” said President Obama in a press conference after the summit.
Over the course of the two day summit, in the wake of the attacks, leaders addressed the issue of Syrian refugees that has been controversial across Europe for months.
“None of this is a substitute for the next urgent need of all: to find a political solution that brings peace to Syria and enables the millions of refugees to return home,” said British Prime Minister David Cameron.
After the attacks in Paris last week, international reaction to Syrian refugees has changed. While the attacks in Paris may have been related to the Islamic State—which controls large portions of Syria—all of the attackers have so far been identified as citizens from the E.U.
This increased suspicion of Syrian refugees has translated to problems across the globe. More than half of U.S. governors have promised to prevent Syrian refugees from moving to their states.
Though the refugee crisis has received more attention since the attacks on Friday, it has been an issue for European countries for months.