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World Affairs Council – Pragmatism vs. Policy: The US Approach Towards Refugees

December 16, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Pragmatism vs. Policy: The US Approach Towards Refugees

World Affairs Council – D.C.


Michel Gabaudan

Refugees International President

Samuel Witten

Former Acting Assistant Secretary Population, Refugees and Migration

For months​ Americans have watched as refugees from Syria streamed into Europe, desperately seeking respite from the violence of war in their country. The ​recent ​terrorist attacks ​in Paris awakened fears that potential attackers could disguise themselves as refugees, carrying out similar attacks in other places, including the ​United ​States. Leaders and politicians have called into question the US policy of accepting refugees. Some ​call for an all-out halt, ​and other governors and local politicians say ‘no’ to accepting refugees into their constituencies.

What is the US policy and process of accepting refug​e​es? Do the​ refugees pose a security threat? Is​ banning them a realistic option to preventing attacks in the United States? What does the process of screening​ a refugee​ consist of?

Join WAC- DC and our panel of experts as we sort through the fact and fiction of US refugee policy.


The World Affairs Council – D.C.
(202) 293-1051