Europe looks forward: What does the refugee crisis mean for #globaldev?

By Molly Anders 21 March 2016

Experts from the European Commission, a think tank and civil society issue their calls to action for a unified and innovative approach to the Syria crisis.

How can European Union member states and institutions get creative, reform old policies and act as one in response to the Syria crisis?

In this exclusive #AcrossBorders video, three experts issue their calls to action for a unified and innovative approach.

Alexandre Polack, European Commission spokesperson for international cooperation, development, humanitarian aid and crisis management; Shada Islam, director of policy at Friends of Europe; and Déirdre de Búrca, World Vision Brussels and EU Representation’s director of advocacy and justice for children, offer their take on Europe’s potential role.

Across Borders is a monthlong online conversation hosted by Devex and partners — World Vision, the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department, the U.S. nonprofit partner of the International Organization for Migration and United Nations Volunteers — to analyze and amplify the discussion on global migration and current refugee crises through the lens of global security, development cooperation and humanitarian aid work, and more. Visit the campaign site and join the conversation on social media tagging @devex and #AcrossBorders.

About the author

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Molly is a global development reporter for Devex. Based in London, she covers U.K. foreign aid and trends in international development. She draws on her experience covering aid legislation and the USAID implementer community in Washington, D.C., as well as her time as a Fulbright Fellow and development practitioner in the Middle East to develop stories with insider analysis.


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