By Shilpa Nadhan, IOM Washington D.C
A deluge of photos from the past few weeks of refugees and migrants boarding packed trains in Hungary, rushing across borders between Greece and Macedonia and entering the shores of Italy fulminated with an image of a drowned Syrian toddler found on a Turkish beach in Bodrum. This shocking image and the endless stories preceding it are representations of the largest wave of migration in Europe since World War II. Many of the over 350,000 refugees and migrants that have entered Europe this year, according to the International Organization for Migration, are fleeing war, insecurity and political unrest but as the latest stories show, the journey can be just as perilous as the homes these migrants and refugees leave behind. At present, there is no indication that lasting peace and security will be restored in the near-term in countries that include Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia and Libya, but there are immediate actions and measures to support and protect the thousands who have attempted to enter into Europe.