U.S. response to the refugee crisis; then the civil war in Syria

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Guests: Jonah Eaton, Kathleen Newland, and Jeremy Shapiro

As a result of the overwhelming and tragic migrant crisis in Europe, Secretary of State John Kerry announced last weekend that the U.S. would increase the number of worldwide refugees it accepts each year to 100,000 by 2017. American officials have said that many, but not all, would be Syrian, but there are no guarantees as to what that number would be. We’ll start off this hour of Radio Times, talking about the U.S. response to the crisis and the long road refugees from Syrian and other countries like Iraq and Afghanistan face when seeing asylum here. Our guests are JONAH EATON of the Nationalities Service Center and KATHLEEN NEWLAND, co-founder of the Migration Policy Institute. Then, at the root of the migrant crisis in Europe is the civil war in Syria which over four years has forced hundreds of thousands to flee. Brookings fellow JEREMY SHAPIRO joins us to talk about the roles of Russia and the U.S. in stabilizing the war-torn country.

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