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Under international law, a refugee is someone outside his/her country of nationality or habitual residence; has a well-founded fear of persecution because of his/her race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion; and is unable or unwilling to avail himself/herself of the protection of that country, or to return there, for fear of persecution. They are distinguished from economic migrants who have voluntarily left their country of origin for economic reasons.

Introduction to the Syrian Refugee Debate (3:50)

This segment is from the film 'The U.S. Should Let in 100,000 Syrian Refugees: A Debate" (1:45:47) available from the Films on Demand database. For more information about the Films on Demand database see the tab 'videos, blogs, podcasts' above.

“The U.S. Should Let in 100,000 Syrian Refugees: A Debate,” director. Films Media Group, 2016,