IMPORTANT INSIGHT (VIDEOS)

The following videos offer important ideas, insight and strategic thinking relative to discussions about refugees and asylum seekers.

 
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LETS HELP REFUGEES THRIVE, NOT JUST SURVIVE

Refugees have a lot of time to prepare for their return. You might imagine that being a refugee is just a temporary state. Well far from it. With wars going on and on, the average time a refugee will spend in exile is 17 years. There is something more that we can do than just simply helping refugees survive. We can help them thrive. 


We should think of refugee camps and communities as more than just temporary population centers where people languish waiting for the war to end. Rather, as centers of excellence, where refugees can triumph over their trauma and train for the day that they can go home as agents of positive change and social transformation.

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Melissa Fleming
UN Refugee Agency

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EUROPE WAS UNPREPARED AND THEREFORE DIVIDED

The war in Syria had been happening for five years and Antonio Guterres had long warned Europe about the situation and the consequences of a breakdown of Libya, yet they did not prepare:

"When you are divided, you don't want to recognize the reality. You prefer to postpone decisions, because you do not have the capacity to make them. And the proof is that even when the spike occurred, Europe remained divided and was unable to put in place a mechanism to manage the situation. You talk about one million people. It looks enormous, but the population of the European Union is 550 million people, which means we are talking about one per every [550] Europeans

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Antonio Guterres 
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees between 2005 and 2015.

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