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Response to Europe's Refugee Crisis

Sep 16, 2015

The UN estimates that, over the past year, more than 380,000 men, women and children have fled war and poverty in the Middle East and Africa, traveling to Europe in search of a better life. The response to the crisis has been mixed. While Hungary has erected a fence to keep asylum seekers out, Germany may accept as many as 1 million refugees.

Migrants at the Greek–Macedonian border in Gevgelija, August 24, 2015.
Credit By Bundesministerium für Europa, Integration und Äusseres (Arbeitsbesuch Mazedonien) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons


How will Europe find room for the thousands of refugees who may be never be able to return home? What will happen to those who do not qualify for asylum? How should the US respond to the crisis? Courtland Robinson, assistant professor at the Center for Refugee and Disaster Response at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, provides context for the crisis.

Diana Lovefood and travel writer, talks about what she witnessed during her recent trip to Hungary

We also take a look at the response to the refugee crisis by Maryland-based agencies. We’ll hear from those who’ve been on the front lines with International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC). Nenad Prelevic is represents the IOCC in Serbia and Mark Ohanian is their program director for their Syrian response.

And Mike Mitchell of the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service describes how they will help resettle Syrian refugees in America.