2015 Plenary 6: Responsibility to Welcome: Yours. Mine. Ours.

With more refugees and displaced persons worldwide than at any time since World War II, this panel’s conversation asked a stark question: Where do we go from here? A lively exchange between panelists and the audience examined the challenge of what is now a highly emotional issue. To some, refugees are a burden, and to others a responsibility. Migrants can represent security threats, or a critical part of the labour force. The panel debated whether fears of refugees as security threats was in fact a capitulation to the desires of terrorist organizations such as ISIS. Some suggested a Syria-based solution must be reached first to stem the flow of displaced peoples from that region. Panelists agreed that solidarity and a sharing of responsibilities among the international community is required to address this challenge in a sustainable way.