On World Refugee Day: What’s Driving Record Refugee Numbers?

In this special edition of Global Dispatches, I interview Shelly Pitterman of the UN Refugee Agency.

Today, June 20th, is World Refugee Day and earlier this week the UN High Commission for Refugees released a report showing that the global number of displaced persons has reached a 20 year high. Pitterman discusses this report, describes the UN Refugee Agency’s work in Syria, and explains how the Syria emergency is complcating other humanitarian efforts around the world.

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Previous episodes

Episode 8: Suzanne Nossel, author of “Smart Power”

Episode 7: Live from the UN, Volume 1. 

Episode 6: PJ Crowley, former State Department Spokesperson

Episode 5: Octavia Nasr, Reporter

Episode 4: Arsalan Iftikhar, “The Muslim Guy”

Episode 3: Dodge Billingsley, filmmaker. 

Episode 2: Laura Seay, who you know as @TexasinAfrica 

Episode 1: Heather Hurlburt, National Security Network