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How to fix the refugee crisis

Separate safe havens from the migration debate, and the practical answers become clear

By Alexander Betts   May 2017

Refuge should be about simple tasks: First it entails a duty of rescue" ©Irish Defence Forces via Wikimedia Commons

More people are displaced around the world than at any time since the Second World War. Bashar al-Assad’s latest chemical atrocity in Syria provides one more reminder of why that is, and with climate change the numbers will grow. Two thirds relocate within their own countries, but many must cross a border to survive. Meanwhile, the willingness to offer refuge is collapsing. The rise of populist nationalism has made an…

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