Alexander Betts Speaks to NYT about Syrian Crisis

20 April, 2015

Alexander Betts, Associate Professor of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, was quoted in an article about the Syrian refugee crisis published in the New York Times at the weekend.

In the article titled “U.N. Calls on Western Nations to Shelter Syrian Refugees”, Professor Betts tells Somini Sengupta that “The Syrian crisis places the entire humanitarian system at a crossroads. It requires us to radically rethink how we protect and assist such large numbers of displaced people.”

The quote was also the newspaper's quotation of the day on 18 April.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, has called for industrialized countries to take in 130,000 Syrian refugees over the next 2 years (only a fraction of the 4 million refugees registered in countries bordering Syria). However, as the article states, governments’ responses have fallen short, “while a great many more Syrians have chosen to make perilous journeys by land and sea in search of asylum in Europe”.

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