September 29, 2016

One More Question with Paul Collier

The University of Oxford's Paul Collier discussed the complex issue of global migration and the refugee crisis with a Council audience on September 26. We sat down one-on-one with him to inquire what question he hoped the audience would ask. Find out what he said.
 

 
"You know, I wish I'd been asked: "What can I, as an ordinary American, do about this?" That's the question I hoped for. Because—I think this is going to fall to the task of ordinary people to get change. The refugee system is broken. Political responses have been, basically, populist. With the exception of President Obama who's done, actually, a fine job. But responses have been populist, because politicians have just tried to appeal to the concerns of ordinary people of the moment. And so ordinary people can play a big role in forcing politicians to be smarter. And because the refugee system is really, seriously broken, we need to get it high enough on the agenda, so that there is actually an impetus by politicians to say: "Whatever else we do, we've neglected this for too long." And so I expect—my coauthor and I have tried to sketch the case for, why we've got such a nightmare. It's an avoidable nightmare. But what we now need is momentum amongst ordinary people to push our politicians into doing something about it. This really is a fixable problem."

 

 

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Each year approximately 30 students from leading research universities around the world participate in the global student delegation program at the Pritzker Forum on Global Cities. Promising students who have demonstrated a commitment to improving global cities and are enrolled in a master’s or PhD program are nominated by their host universities to attend. The 2019 delegation included 30 students from 20 countries, including China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Germany, Israel, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. Their biographies are available here.

The following series of contributions are their reflections and insights inspired by and drawn from their experience attending the 2019 Pritzker Forum.


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