As the refugee crisis continues to reach unprecedented heights, The Washington Post's correspondents have stayed with the story and have written about the people's stories and their harrowing journeys, the responses from different governments and the European Union, and the root causes of the mass migration.

Eight of our reporters based in Europe, the Middle East and Washington discussed the issues in a Facebook chat on Tuesday. Some of the most powerful accounts came from the correspondents themselves, who shared their experiences interacting with refugees.

From Tokyo bureau chief Anna Fifield, who has been covering the events from Eastern Europe, currently in Belgrade, Serbia: 

Griff Witte, our London bureau chief, has been reporting from Hungary, Austria, and Lesbos, Greece, known as the single most popular gateway to the European Union. He noted how things had changed in Lesbos in a matter of months:

Witte also commented on the generosity of people he encountered, who didn't ask him for "anything beyond a sympathetic ear."

One reader commented on the current influx of refugees from the Middle East to Europe and said, "Good-bye Europe.. hello Eurabia." The Post's Ishaan Tharoor had this response: 

Beirut bureau chief Liz Sly, who has been covering the root of this crisis from the Middle East and has been to refugee camps in Lebanon and Turkey, remarked on the extraordinary courage she has seen.

Robert Samuels also told readers about what stood out to him in his interactions with people when he was in Eastern Europe: 

Anthony Faiola, the Berlin bureau chief, has been capturing the reactions of people in Germany, a country that is projected to see 1 million asylum-seekers by the end of the year. Earlier this year, he traveled with a Syrian family on its journey to Austria. Read the full story here.

A Facebook user asked how many people who are looking to start a new life in Europe are planning to go back to their home countries. Jerusalem bureau chief William Booth spoke of how this will affect Syria's future. 

Moscow bureau chief Michael Birnbaum shared some of his reporting on numbers to show how quickly this crisis has accelerated.

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