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In a call Wednesday evening, President Obama expressed his appreciation to German Chancellor Angela Merkel commending her leadership in working to address the overwhelming migration crisis in Europe as literally thousands of refuges from war-torn Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq struggle to make their way through the Balkans to any country who will offer these desperate individuals and their families safe haven.

The crisis has reached a fever pitch as some countries are more sympathetic than others as they struggle to meet the needs of the greatest migration crisis Europe has experienced since World War II. This crisis is posing both a financial burden and potential security challenges for all the countries who are attempting to cope with this growing problem.

Many are fleeing the possibility of death in their homelands only to die en route for a chance at freedom and a better life.