The refugee crisis
Krogh, Peter F. (Peter Frederic)
Person InterviewedKeely, Charles B.
Discusses the origins and consequences of the global refugee crisis.
International law defines a refugee as someone with a well-founded fear of persecution at home, however this definition does not cover many of the millions of political and economic refugees who fled from war or hunger in their native countries in the 1980s and early 1990s. Cambodians, Haitians, Albanians, Yugoslavs, Iraqi Kurds and Vietnamese Hmong all sought refuge in neighbor countries, testing the resources of aid groups and the patience of their new host countries. In Germany, economic success attracted hundred of thousands of foreigners seeking freedom, work or welfare, threatening an economy already strained by costly reunification. Similar pressures were beginning to build in Italy, England, France, and other European countries facing a sudden influx of large foreign populations, revealing the truly global scope of the refugee crisis. The dire humanitarian situation on the ground led to the question, should all of these people be considered refugees? If not, which groups should get help, and which countries should help them? In this episode, guests Lionel Rosenblatt, President of Refugees International, and Georgetown Professor Charles B. Keely discuss the factors contributing to the growing crisis as well as international and domestic refugee policies.
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