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The Global Refugee Crisis
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Tens of thousands of people are fleeing civil war and unrest to find new homes in Europe—sometimes with tragic consequences. The U.N. estimates that more people have been displaced than at any time since World War II. Scroll down to see the stories on this topic.

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How Much Does It Cost to Resettle a Syrian Refugee in the U.S.?

The short answer: It’s about $15,714.

The long answer: It’s complicated.

While writing yesterday about the resignation of Germany’s top migration official, I came across this this little nugget in The New York Times:

And Manfred Schmidt, the president of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, which many blame for inadvertently inciting the latest surge of refugees and migrants into the Balkans with a Twitter post that seemed to promise asylum in Germany for all Syrians, announced he was resigning — for “personal reasons.”

A little more digging took me to the tweet:

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Migrant boat pond #banksy #dismaland #exhibition #art #bemusementpark #westonsupermare #boatpond

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Banksy’s politically minded faux theme park Dismaland (which I wrote about here) has captured the public imagination in a way most art installations don’t, attracting about 170,000 visitors and boosting the local economy by about $30 million. Now, after a five-week run in the British resort town of Weston-super-Mare, Dismaland will be repurposed in the form of shelters for migrants and refugees in France.

The materials will be sent to the “jungle” in Calais, where around 3,000 people, mostly from the Middle East and Africa, live. The encampment made international news this summer when a large number of its inhabitants attempted to cross the Channel Tunnel into Britain. “Coming soon… Dismaland Calais,” reads Banksy’s homepage for the park. “No online tickets will be available.”

Myron Taylor, the American delegate to the Evian Conference, in France on July 6, 1938 (AP)


David noted yesterday the tendency of presidential candidates to make Holocaust analogies, but Godwin’s Law isn’t an American monopoly, and in some cases the comparison may be historically apt.

Case in point: the United Nations’s high commissioner for human rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, told The Guardian that the rhetoric being used in Europe to describe the refugee crisis was comparable to the language used at the 1938 Evian Conference, where countries, including the U.S., refused to take in Jews fleeing Hitler’s Germany. Here’s Hussein in his own words: