Understanding the Refugee Crisis and Next Steps

Understanding the Refugee Crisis and Next Steps

The Western world is witnessing the largest migration of peoples since World War II.  The crisis is a result of many factors, an important one being a less active United States in world affairs and an increasing reluctance by the U.S. to uphold the global rules-based order set up after World War II. To deal with this crisis, it is necessary to identify the underlying security issues driving people from their homes and restore a regulated system to address the arriving migrants.  This backgrounder explores how the crisis came about and concludes with recommendations for policymakers.