Strangers in Strange Lands: Carnegie Council Multimedia Resources on Migrants and Refugees

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Carnegie Council presents a collection of useful multimedia resources on the ethical and practical challenges of migration.

Syrian refugee woman in Lebanon. CREDIT: Trocaire (CC)

Syrian refugee woman in Lebanon. CREDIT: Trocaire (CC)

The migrant/refugee crisis is a defining moral issue for our generation.

In 2015, the number of international migrants worldwide—people residing in a country other than their country of birth—reached a record-breaking 244 million, according to the International Organization for Migration. And 65.3 million of these migrants were refugees, people forcibly displaced from their homes by conflict and persecution (UNHCR. June 2016). This is the largest number of refugees since World War II.

The ethical issues presented by migration have long been a topic of major concern for Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. The current crisis has intensified this. Here is a selection of some of the Council's recent resources looking at various aspects of the issue, along with some older, useful material.

For links to all these resources, go to


Refugees on Turkey's Borders: Consequences of Chaos in Syria
Kemal Kirişci, Brookings Institution
(Podcast, audio, video, and transcript)

The Refugee/Migrant Crisis
Peter Sutherland, UN Special Representative on International Migration; David Donoghue, Ireland's permanent representative to the UN
(Podcast, audio, video, and transcript)

The Global Refugee Crisis
Ian Buruma, Bard College; Tomáš Halík, Charles University, Prague
(Podcast, audio, video, and transcript)

Europe's Current Migration Crisis and the Evian Migration Conference of 1938
Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
(YouTube clip)


The Needs of Refugee Women and Children in the Global Humanitarian Crisis
Sarah Costa, Women's Refugee Commission, Joanne Myers, Carnegie Council
(Podcast, audio, video, and transcript)

Children's Rights as Human Rights
Michael Garcia Bochenek, Human Rights Watch
(Ethics & International Affairs journal, review essay)

The Central American Child Migration Crisis: Facts, Figures, and Root Causes
Carlos Vargas-Ramos, CENTRO, the Center for Puerto Rican Studies
(Online article)


Us and Them? Bridget Anderson on Migrants and Nation-States
Bridget Anderson, University of Oxford's Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS)
(Podcast, audio, and transcript)

The Normative Terrain of the Global Refugee Regime
Alexander Betts, University of Oxford
(Ethics & International Affairs journal article)

Suchitraya Vijayan on the Politics and Rhetoric of the Refugee Crisis
Suchitra Vijayan, Writer, Lawyer, Political Analyst; Alex Woodson, Carnegie Council
(Podcast, audio, and transcript)

Immigration Reform: Truths, Myths, and Politics
Edward Schumacher-Matos, National Public Radio (NPR)
(Podcast, audio, video, and transcript)

On the Morality of Immigration
Mathias Risse, Harvard University
(Ethics & International Affairs journal article)

Read also an Exchange between Ryan Pevnick, Philip Cafaro, and Mathias Risse.


New Paradigms for Refugee Camps and for Humanitarian Aid Itself
Kilian Kleinschmidt, Innovation and Planning Agency
(Podcast, audio, video, and transcript)


Welcome to Canada: the Ryerson University Lifeline Syria Challenge (RULC)
Wendy Cukier, Samantha Jackson, Ryerson University
(Online article)

Integration and the European Migration "Crisis"
Jenny Phillimore, Institute for Research into Superdiversity, University of Birmingham
(Online article)

Pax Ethnica: Where and How Diversity Succeeds
Karl E. Meyer, Shareen Blair Brysac, non-fiction authors
(Podcast, audio, video, and transcript)

Muslims of Metropolis: The Stories of Three Immigrant Families in the West
Kavitha Rajagopalan, Devin Stewart, Carnegie Council
(Podcast, audio, and transcript)


Carnegie Council's monthly Instagram Take-Over by photographers from around the world features several reports on migrants: Rena Effendi at the Macedonia (FYROM)/Greek border; Rob Pinney at "The Jungle" migrant camp, Calais; and Tyson Sadler on refugees trapped in Greece.    

Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1914, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs is an educational, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that produces lectures, publications, and multimedia materials on the ethical challenges of living in a globalized world. Go to

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