Refugees and Terrorism

  • Psychologist Arthur Aron said that four minutes of eye contact brings people closer to each other better than everything else. In this video Amnesty International experiments with that idea by pairing up Europeans and refugees who have never met before.

  • When the unlikeliest of people are helping others it's an opportunity for self-reflection by those who should be the likeliest. Regardless of your politics and prejudice, "none of that matters here on the beach."

  • For many, the Paris terror attacks have cast a different light upon refugee sponsorship plans in Canada. In this informative and intelligent CBC News interview from November 15, 2015, experts Bessma Momani and Mubin Shaikh look at the implications the Paris attacks have for Canada.

    The entire interview is an excellent one, but if you want to jump to the part that speaks about refugee sponsorship go to the 4:06 mark.

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  • The names, places and identifying details of these stories have been changed to protect the individuals. 

  • Unfortunately many people draw a direct connection between accepting Syrian refugees and welcoming terrorists - some going so far as to state that receiving refugees is the cause of terror attacks in the receiving countries.

    This belief defies logic because refugees are fleeing the same terror that has already been done in their country. If an arsonist burns down an apartment building and it's residents begin to look for somewhere safe to live, who would deny them help because "everybody from that building is an arsonist and all they want to do is burn all our apartment buildings down too"?