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Refugees and the Fight Against Populist Rhetoric


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:  Many of the world's biggest issues are also the most polarizing so in the second season of Doha Debates' podcast Course Correction, host Nelufar Hedayat is trying to open her mind — to people she disagrees with. Many of the world's biggest issues are also the most polarizing, so in each episode, Hedayat explores one of those topics and talks to people who challenge her views. She’ll talk to activists, authors, scientists and even a former head of state, looking for advice on how to be more inclusive of people whose views she opposes. And in each episode, she'll work to identify solutions and bridge gaps on divisive issues like reparations and race, COVID policy and the limits of free speech.  See All Episodes


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