The number of people fleeing wars, conflict and persecution around the world is at an all time high, nearly 60 million according to the UN Refugee Agency. The surge of migrants and refugees risking their lives to enter Europe has brought renewed focus on the issue and raises many questions:
What is the best way to deal with the millions of people who have been displaced globally by conflict? Who deserves protection – refugees, economic migrants or both? Who is responsible for Syrian refugees – neighboring nations, Europe, the United States? What is the right balance between humanitarian action and security?
On Thursday, we held a chat to discuss these issues and more with Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (@madeleine), former British Foreign Secretary and current International Rescue Committee CEO David Miliband (@DMiliband), PBS NewsHour Correspondent William Brangham (@wmbrangham) who is back from assignment in Hungary and Austria, and “The Globalist” Editor-in-Chief Stephan Richter (@theglobalist). See the recap below.