There’s been a lot of media coverage about the Syrian refugees. I’m sure you’re aware that many countries have taken in these refugees who have escaped their war torn country. Much of Europe is struggling with how to cope with such as large influx of folks. If you’re planning to travel to any of these European countries in the foreseeable future then I’m sure it’s on your mind how that affects your travel plans.
For the most part, you won’t be impacted at all. The largest numbers of refugees are traveling along routes and using modes of transportation that is not common for tourists. European officials are doing everything possible to minimize the impact of the refugee resettlement on tourism. However, paths will cross in some places. For example, in Bavaria, refugees have swamped the Munich train station so expect large crowds and possible delays there. Germany is in the process of arranging separate trains for refugees so as to not interfere with tourism so hopefully this situation will soon be resolved. Another place where you’re likely to see refugees is in Greece. They have accepted more than 350,000 refugees this year so you are likely to encounter them at the Greek Isles. Due to overcrowding, refugees are being placed in hostels and hotels in some places, so backpackers and those seeking cheap lodging may have difficulty finding it in a few places, such as Berlin, Croatia, and Serbia.
There have been a few incidents in Germany, Finland, and Latvia between locals and refugees due to some protests but to date there has been no issues with tourists. You may want to consider signing up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, which sends alerts to participants when there are large demonstrations or gatherings so that you can avoid a potentially dangerous situation.