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Education’s Bold Opportunity in the Refugee Crisis

By | Speakers & Authorities, Education

When refugees seek asylum, what is the role of the education sector? The number of people displaced by conflict is at the highest level ever recorded; one in every 113 people on the planet is a refugee, asylum seeker or internally displaced. And Alexander Betts, global authority on refugees and human migration, believes higher education institutions around the world are uniquely positioned to help turn crisis into chance…

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Transforming a Broken Refugee System

By | Politics & Government

In 2016, the number of global refugees and displaced people hit an all-time high. European countries are struggling to absorb people displaced by conflicts across Africa and the Middle East as record numbers of people flee violence in Central America. The international systems in place for helping and coping with refugees are almost uniformly broken. They handicap both host countries and the displaced, leading to negative outcomes for all. But Alexander Betts, who heads Oxford University’s Refugee Studies Centre, has real solutions for host countries. His new book, “Refuge: Transforming a Broken Refugee System,” presents the key factor: work.

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