European mainland has been seen as a region of relative stability and predictability in the past couple of decades (save for a couple of instances in the Balkans). The idea of refugees flocking has even Chancellor Merkel of Germany facing up to reality as was seen during last week's talk show (video in German) with child refugees. Mrs. Merkel realises half way through that it isnt a political speech she is making, rather one to a child who would be deported.
The reasons for departure from their homelands may be various- war, poverty, mafia- or maybe the same- in search of a better future; they all seem to be heading to Europe anyway. Albanian Kosovars heading north due to a corrupt state of affairs, Syrians fleeing the civil war that has now entered its fifth year or Libyans escaping the unrest that has plagued the country since the failed air strike mission to bring stability following Gaddhafi's death.
What astonishes me the most is the number of Bangladeshis who come. Be it in Italy or in Austria, among other places that have become infested with them, I find it hard to believe that there is a serious governmental problem in Dhaka. True that there have been coups, but nevertheless the government is a well functioning machine, it has brought rather good economic development in the country. Now why would Bangladeshis wish to flock to Europe is a question I wish to answer. I do not honestly find a valid answer to that question thus far- the fact that they take the perilous journey across oceans and seas, stowing away aboard vessels and landing up in Europe only to live illegally in the most pitiable of situations. Perhaps they think life would be all better here, but maybe not.