Syria and the Global Refugee Crisis

Lina Sergie Attar, Co-founder and CEO, Karam Foundation; Cameron Hudson, Director, Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; Gregory Maniatis, Senior European Policy Fellow, Migration Policy Institute; Adviser to Peter Sutherland, UN Special Representative for Migration; ​Robert Pape, Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago

Syria and the Global Refugee Crisis by The Chicago Council

Since the Syrian Civil War began over four years ago, a dire humanitarian situation has been unfolding with approximately half of Syria’s pre-war population displaced from their homes. Today, one out of every five displaced persons worldwide is from Syria. While the majority of Syrian refugees currently reside in neighboring countries, the crisis recently spilled into Europe in dramatic fashion, with hundreds of thousands crossing the borders of the EU in search of asylum. The most significant refugee crisis in Europe since World War II is testing some of the EU’s fundamental values and policies, exposing the frictions between its member states, and forcing the global community to reconsider the festering war that caused it in the first place. How are countries and organizations responding to the unrelenting flow of refugees, and what is the outlook for 2016? What is to be done about the war in Syria? Join The Chicago Council with Lina Sergie Attar, Cameron Hudson, Gregory Maniatis, and Robert Pape to learn more about the situation on the ground and the global policy implications of the Syrian refugee crisis.


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