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Seeking Asylum

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Becca Pinter

on 8 March 2016

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Transcript of Seeking Asylum

Life in Syria
Syrian Refugees and European Experience
Syrian Refugees and the United States
2,290 refugees
31 states deny to accept refugees
President Obama proposed allowing an additional 10,000 Syrian refugees to come to the U.S. over the next year
53 percent of Americans don’t want to accept any Syrian refugees; 11 percent said they would only accept Christian refugees from Syria
The Syrian Civil War and Experiences of Syrian Refugees
The Origins of the Civil War
Seeking Asylum
Pro-democracy protests erupted in March 2011 in the southern city of Deraa
Protesters demand President Assad's resignation
Opposition supporters began to take up arms
Rebel brigades form to battle government forces for control of cities, towns and the countryside
No longer a battle between those for or against Mr Assad; pitching the country's Sunni majority against the president's Shia

4.5 Million Flee - 6.5 Million Displaced
10,280 refugees
Paris attacks
484,000 refugees
New Years Eve attacks in Colonge
As reasonable adults, we accept tiny amounts of risk baked into our everyday lives, We drive cars despite knowing around 30,000 of us die in them each year. We go swimming despite the fact 10 people a day die from drowning. Twenty Americans every year are killed by cows, but no one is saying we should expel all cows from the country! Any rational person knows you cannot completely eliminate risk—you can only manage it, and we do it with cars, and swimming, and hamburgers, and men named Chad because we rightly think that they’re worth the risk. And I would argue that, for the tremendous good we could do and the low level of risk involved, refugees are worth it, too.

- John Oliver
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