The millions of immigrants pouring into Europe from the war-torn Middle East are creating an unprecedented logistical challenge for global supply chains.
In 2015, more than one million migrants and refugees crossed into Europe, primarily from Syria and Afghanistan. This massive migration of asylum seekers from the Middle East to Europe has posed significant infrastructural problems as countries scramble to accommodate the influx of people.
Particularly, it has strained the European supply chain to its limit and beyond. In one example, turmoil in the port city of Calais, France, a crucial entry point to the English Channel, is posing an immediate threat to flow of goods to and from the UK. Increased security checkpoints, stowaways, and violent outbursts are also hindering the circulation of imports and exports throughout Europe, creating a vicious cycle that impacts migrants and citizens of the EU alike.