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Refugees and the Fight Against Populist Rhetoric

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A Syrian refugee woman and her child at the Turkey-Syria border.
A Syrian refugee woman and her child at the Turkey-Syria border.
A Syrian refugee woman carries her child through the border gate from Turkey to Syria in Kilis, Turkey, on Feb. 8, 2016. Chris McGrath/Getty Images

A look at the debate over admitting refugees.

We live in an era when violence, unrest, and the COVID-19 pandemic have displaced an unprecedented number of people globally. Yet instead of offering shelter to refugees, many countries resort to populist rhetoric to excuse their global responsibility and reject those in need.

In this final episode of season two of Course Correction, host Nelufar Hedayat speaks with nongovernmental organization leaders David Miliband and Melanie Nezer, as well as Gillian Triggs from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, about what can be done to change hearts and minds—and government policies. She also engages in a challenging conversation with Boston College professor Peter Skerry, who argues that poor leadership has exacerbated the problem.

About Course Correction:  [video width="1920" height="1080" mp4="https://foreignpolicy.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Course_Correction_Trailer.mp4" poster="https://foreignpolicy.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Course_Correction_Trailer.jpg"][/video] The UN estimates that there are 84 million forcibly displaced people around the world, and nearly 27 million of those are considered refugees. These numbers are the highest they have ever been. For season three of Course Correction, Doha Debates is partnering with UNHCR, the United Nations refugee agency, to illuminate all aspects of the refugee experience. Over the course of six episodes, host Nelufar Hedayat will speak with refugees and other forcibly displaced persons and hear their stories—from the moment they leave their homes to their eventual resettlement or return, detailing arduous journeys that can sometimes last years or even decades. We’ll examine the challenges that stateless people face, the work being done to assist them, and the ways in which the global community can provide further support and solutions.  See All Episodes

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Part 6: Finding Acceptance

In Part 6 of Course Correction’s special series on refugees and forcibly displaced people, host Nelufar Hedayat talks to weightlifter, nurse, and refugee Cyrille Tchatchet about his journey.

Part V: The Path to Permanence

In Part 5 of Course Correction’s special series on refugees and forcibly displaced people, host Nelufar Hedayat talks to actor and U.N. goodwill ambassador Mahira Khan about the role host countries play in a refugee’s journey.

Part IV: Pursuing Education

In Part 4 of Course Correction’s special series on refugees and forcibly displaced people, host Nelufar Hedayat talks to actor and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett about the importance of education for refugees.

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