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Before we analyze the two situations, we need to make an important distinction. Refugees are also referred to as migrants, but that is not the same. A refugee flees from the country because their safety is jeopardized due to state of war. A migrant is a person who leaves the country to pursue better education, jobs etc.
Most of the refugees in Europe are from war-torn Syria and they are mostly heading to Germany. The EU accepted the first wave of refugees, but now the borders are closed. The wars in the Middle East opened the gates and Syrians were not the only ones who entered Europe. As someone from Serbia, I have seen a lot of people heading for the EU and primarily countries such as Germany and France. Their goal is to reach those countries and they have no intentions to stay outside the EU border. But most of the Syrians are already in the EU and the people now are mostly from Pakistan, Afghanistan and I have even met a guy from Morocco.
While large numbers of people are granted the asylum, the EU no longer wants refugees. Most of them stayed in Serbia, Bosnia and Greece without a plan where to go next.
Across the pond, America received a small number of refugees. But most of those people didn't have the means to go to the United States. While the US played a big role in creating the crisis, they were not the ones suffering the consequences. But, they are facing the problems of their own.
The United States has struggled to keep the border maintained, especially the one with Mexico. A lot of people from the entire world arrives in the United States and stay there but what wreaked havoc is that the children are separated from their parents. Many people are criticizing such moves but don't forget that these people are trying to enter a country illegally. The most important distinction between the USA and the EU is that the USA is dealing with migrants and not refugees. These people are not escaping from a war. They are in search for better conditions and the US can provide that.
Furthermore, the USA has fewer people to deal with. Millions entered Europe and got the asylum and a lot less people knocked on the door this year. In the states, the problem is constant.