Ethics and Responsibility: Thoughts on the UN General Assembly's Summit for Refugees and Migrants
October 6, 2016
On September 19, 2016, the UN General Assembly met to discuss the continuing plight of migrants and refugees with the aim of coordinating global efforts to resolve the crisis in a humane fashion. And on September 20, President Obama hosted a long anticipated Leaders Summit.
The Berkley Forum asks contributors to consider the ethical implications of both UN-coordinated international efforts and individual state policy to address what is aptly termed a crisis. What is the moral and the practical responsibility of different international actors? What in practice can they do most effectively? How can the United Nations encourage European nations to allow refugees to enter their territory and provide economic and other forms of support to those who remain? How might individual states tackle their internal security concerns while still accommodating the needs of migrants and refugees, and what are the religious dimensions of their concerns and responses? What role can and do religious institutions play in encouraging both state and individual assistance in this crisis? Finally, how might religious and ethical considerations shape UN and national policies regarding refugees?
September 20, 2016
By: David Hollenbach