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At a time when US presidential candidate Donald Trump called for the United States to close its borders to Muslims and images of desperate throngs of Syrian immigrants appear on the nightly news, the United Nations’ high commissioner for refugees, António Guterres, proposes several solutions to the 2015 global refugee crisis. getAbstract highly recommends his expert, well-argued and timely discussion with TED host Bruno Giussani.


In 2015, almost one million refugees from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and beyond arrived in Europe. Some nations welcomed the refugees, while others closed their borders. In Syria, a lack of hope, worsening conditions in the recipient border countries of Jordan and Lebanon, and a sharp decrease in international aid accelerated the exodus. The mass emigration blindsided the European Union, which doesn’t have a central system in place to receive, screen and distribute refugees. Correctly managed, the inflow of one million...

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António Guterres is the United Nations’ high commissioner for refugees. He held the office of prime minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002.

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