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Understanding the Refugee Crisis in Europe, Syria, and around the World

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Published on Sep 8, 2015

In which John Green discusses the Syrian refugee crisis and the growing number of refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, and Eritrea crossing the sea with the help of smugglers to seek refuge in European Union nations.

Also discussed: The difference between migrants and refugees, the rights of refugees as established by international law, the globalization of all regional crises, and how the death of 3-year-old Alan Kurdi galvanized the world.

PLACES TO GIVE:

The UNHCR: http://donate.unhcr.org/international...

Save the Children fundraiser created by author Patrick Ness: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundr...

SOURCES:

Most of the stats and graphs in this video came from the United Nations' High Commission on Refugees: http://www.unhcr.org.uk/about-us/key-...

Overview of the EU's struggle with migrants and refugees from the BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-...

Another overview from the Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/wor...

An incredibly complicated guide to whose supporting whom in the Syrian Civil War: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...

Immigrants to the U.S. are less likely to commit crimes than other Americans: http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-mythi...

Understanding the difference between migrants and refugees, and the legal obligations we have to refugees: http://www.unhcr.org/55df0e556.html

The UNHCR maps a plan forward from Europe that I quote from extensively: http://www.unhcr.org/55e9459f6.html

The 1951 Refugee Convention that I mistakenly called a Commission in the video: http://www.unhcr.org/pages/49da0e466....

Information about the horrifying human rights abuses by Eritrea's government: https://www.hrw.org/africa/eritrea and http://www.ohchr.org/en/NewsEvents/Pa...

Yes, Bashar al Assad's government in Syria has tortured children and used chemical weapons: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/feat... and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghouta_... (Link contains explicit images of death)

Joseph Stalin probably never said that thing about one death being a tragedy and a thousand (or million) deaths being a statistic, but I quoted it the way a Soviet historian did: https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Joseph_...

Thanks as always to Rosianna Halse Rojas (http://www.youtube.com/rosianna), whose data-gathering and fact-checking made this video possible. If you read the entire dooblydoo, you get a gold star.


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