The World Refugee Crisis

Socialism 2017

August 15, 2017

The number of displaced people in the world fleeing war and economic devastation—65 million and counting—is at its highest in history, higher even than the number of refugees at the end of the Second World War. The brutal conflict in Syria alone has driven more than 10 million from their homes. Though this crisis has produced outpourings of solidarity, more ominously it has also been used by reactionary politicians and parties to fuel a wave of xenophobia from Trump’s America to Europe and beyond. The United States, one of the countries responsible for Syria’s crisis, took in fewer than 13,000 refugees in 2016, with Trump’s policies closing the door even tighter. This panel will locate the source of the refugee crisis in imperialism and regional rivalries, counterrevolutionary violence, and neoliberal economic dislocation, and make the case for a movement based on internationalism and solidarity.

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