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The refugee crisis is so large and complex, and the surrounding rhetoric so confusing and heated, that people generally view the problem as unsolvable. Refugee advocate and former British foreign secretary David Miliband proposes four solutions. Ignoring people in desperate need is not only immoral, but it weakens democracy, says Miliband. getAbstract recommends this passionate, often personal talk to those concerned about this humanitarian issue.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What factors fueled the global refugee crisis,
  • How people’s response will reveal their character,
  • How the crisis is solvable with four powerful remedies and
  • What you can do personally to help.

About the Speaker

David Miliband is the president of the International Rescue Committee.



Today, the same countries that gave sanctuary to World War II refugees are turning away asylum seekers. Yet globally, the battered and persecuted continue to flee their nations, including people displaced by chemical warfare in Syria, Taliban activity in Afghanistan and Boko Haram’s violent campaigns in Nigeria. The refugee crisis formed due to the decline in the international political system, weak governance in many countries, and theological, social and political differences among Muslims. In 2015, more than 3,700 people died seeking sanctuary, including five-year-old Alan Kurdi, whose lifeless body appeared in a photo that evoked compassion worldwide. Hostility and oppression

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