global migrants and refugees

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The global refugee crisis is the geopolitical debate of today. In the latest Munk Debate, Human Rights Commissioner Louise Arbour and historian Simon Schama argue in favour of the resolution “Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”  While Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party and author Mark Steyn argue against.

It’s one of the most iconic inscriptions in the world: the words on the base of the Statue of Liberty:

“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

Lady Liberty may welcome the ‘huddled masses,’ but not everyone, or everywhere does. It’s been called the worst humanitarian crisis since World War Two: an estimated 4.5 million people fleeing Syria as refugees, plus countless others escaping other failed states in the Middle East and northern Africa.

Paul Kennedy, “Give Us Your Tired – The Munk Debate on the Global Refugee Crisis“, Ideas, CBC Podcast, 29 April 2016.


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