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David Miliband: Rescue refugees and we rescue ourselves

Photo: Adam Lake

The Guardian hosted IRC President David Miliband to discuss the global refugee crisis and what we can do about it.

David's new book, Rescue: Refugees and the Political Crisis of Our Time takes a look at what can and should be done to help refugees – not just by governments with the power to change policy, but by you - citizens with the urge to change lives.

Here's a quick look at what you need to know from this #GuardianLive event.

We are in the midst of a global refugee crisis

President Trump's policies on refugees cannot be underestimated

Families on the cusp of a safe life are having that pulled from underneath them. This comes despite the fact that refugees are amongst the most vetted populations to enter the US.

Other countries are setting an example

Ten countries - accounting for just 2.5% percent of the world's income between them - host more than half of the world's refugees. At a time when Europe is stepping back from helping those in need, we can look to countries like Uganda - who've taken over one million refugees from South Sudan - and are welcoming them


Europe must do more to welcome refugees

Europe’s choice is either to have disorganised and in some cases deadly routes or organised, effective routes to safety for the most vulnerable. The UK government can set an example: by continuing to lead on overseas aid and by giving refugees a safe place to call home.

Standing with refugees starts with you

In your community, your workplace, your home: now is the time to stand for compassion.

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