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NEW Sep 21 2017
“I would say no. US aid is vital to what we do to support refugees around the world and to find solutions to their situations.” said Filippo Grandi speaking about Refugees. It’s one of the 813 quotes about Refugees you can find on this page. 574 people have said something about this topic. Among them: Angela Merkel and Becca Stevens. Browse the quotes by date and by name to find those that are relevant to you.
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Sebastian Zunhammer

There is no fear that these refugees will take jobs, simply because everyone already has work.feedback

Ian Rintol - Refugee Action

Iranians are about a third of the refugees on Manus but are only about 10 percent of the ones interviewed so far. It seems there had been some discriminatory selection.feedback

Malcolm Turnbull

It's all subject to the United States' very, very thorough vetting, their extreme vetting. But we look forward to more refugees, people who have been judged to be refugees on Nauru and Manus, to be taken to the United States. There will be about 25 from both Manus and Nauru going to the United States. I just want to thank again President Trump for continuing with that arrangement.feedback

Hajer Naili

We've listened to fear mongers for so long, but not the refugees themselves. We should stop and listen to what they have to say.feedback

Malcolm Turnbull

Around 50 refugees from P.N.G. and Nauru will be accepted in this first group, and they'll be notified in coming days. Vetting and processing by the United States will continue, and further decisions by U.S. authorities in respect of others are expected in due course.feedback

Elaine Pearson - Human Rights Watch

The reality is, the Australian government has used this as a diversionary tactic for the past year to sit on its hands. These people did not have to sit on Manus and await resettlement. They could have been brought to Australia. It's absolutely shameful.feedback

Malcolm Turnbull

They will not be settled in Australia, and they will not be resettled in the United States. Those in P.N.G. and Nauru who've been found not to be refugees should return to their country of origin.feedback

Malcolm Turnbull

Let me be very clear, this arrangement is a one-off. And it's available only to those found to be refugees who are currently in P.N.G. and Nauru and is of course subject to the United States' own extreme vetting, mandated by the president.feedback

Donald J. Trump

For the cost of resettling one refugee in the United States, we can assist more than 10 in their home region. Out of the goodness of our hearts, we offer financial assistance to hosting countries in the region, and we support recent agreements of the G20 nations that will seek to host refugees as close to their home countries as possible. The Iran deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into. Frankly, that deal is an embarrassment to the United States, and I don't think you've heard the last of it–believe me.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

The protection of refugees is a moral and political duty in which France has decided to play its role: In following the high commissioner [on refugees] wherever it is necessary. By opening legal resettlement channels for those closest to conflict zones, to Libya, Jordan, Turkey, and also to Niger and Chad. By defending the right the right to asylum and the absolute respect for the Geneva Conventions.feedback

Dimitrios Papadimoulis - European Parliament

We have to invest more in our European common answers, facing the refugee crisis and relocating the refugees in a proportional way that means confronting members states like Hungary and Poland who are not implementing their obligation.feedback

Sheikh Hasina

Already America declared that they will not allow any refugees. What I can expect from them, and especially [the] president. He already declared his mind ... so why I should ask?feedback

Aung San Suu Kyi

We will abide by the criteria that were agreed on at that time. Those who have been verified as refugees from this country will be accepted without any problems and with full assurance of their security and access to humanitarian aid. Burma is a complex nation as you all know. And its complexities are compounded by the fact that people expect us to overcome all these challenges in as short a time as possible. We are a young and fragile democracy facing many problems. But we have to cope with them all at the same time... we cannot just concentrate on a few.feedback

Sheikh Hasina

[Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi] should agree that these people belong to her country and that Myanmar is their country. They should take them back. These people are suffering.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Refugees from Syria are now pouring into our great country. Who knows who they are – some could be ISIS. Is our president insane?feedback

Sheikh Hasina

He just asked how is Bangladesh? I said 'it's doing very well, but the only problem that we have is the refugees from Myanmar', . But he didn't make any comment about refugees.feedback

Raj Shah

This leak was delivered by someone with an ideological agenda, not someone looking at hard data. The actual report pursuant to the presidential memorandum shows that refugees with few skills coming from war-torn countries take more government benefits from the Department of Health and Human Services than the average population, and are not a net benefit to the U.S. economy.feedback

Nikki Haley

We continue to hear reports of violence and suffering. People are still at risk of being attacked or killed, humanitarian aid is not reaching the people who need it, and innocent civilians are still fleeing across the border to Bangladesh.feedback

Eric Schwartz

The stories that we are hearing. I visited a hospital yesterday, children ages 1, 5, 10 suffered burn wounds, gunshot wounds and with human beings essentially treated like animals.feedback

Filippo Grandi - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

I would say no. US aid is vital to what we do to support refugees around the world and to find solutions to their situations.feedback

Abdus Salam - Cox

Many of them are suffering from diarrhea, dehydration and skin diseases. They are coming to hospitals with such complications.feedback

Mohammed Showife

They said, You Bengalis come out from the house. You can go anywhere you want, but you can't live here.feedback

M. Iqbal Hossain

There is an instruction from the prime minister that we must treat Rohingya Muslims maintaining human rights. As many private and social organizations are coming and distributing relief, sometimes chaos breaks out ... You understand the scale of a humanitarian crisis here, it's very difficult to keep order, but we are doing so.feedback

Edouard Beigbeder - UNICEF

There are a lot of weak and malnourished children among the new arrivals. If proper preventive measures are not taken, highly infectious diseases, especially measles, could even cause an outbreak.feedback

Asaduzzaman Khan

The Rohingya refugees won't be allowed to go outside the camp.feedback

Jean-Chrysostome Kijana

The incident provoked a reaction from the soldiers, who started shooting everywhere.feedback

Sean Spicer

It's my job to speak on his behalf. So if you're not speaking in the way that he wants, obviously he wanted to make sure he corrected that.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

The use of nuclear weapons should be unthinkable. Even the threat of their use can never be condoned. But today global anxieties about nuclear weapons are at the highest level since the end of the Cold War. We are all shocked by the dramatic escalation of sectarian tensions in Myanmar's Rakhine state. The authorities in Myanmar must end the military operations, allow unhindered humanitarian access and recognize the right of refugees to return in safety and dignity. They must also address the grievances of the Rohingya, whose status has been left unresolved for far too long.feedback

Jessica Vaughan

There are security concerns for refugees from some places and we also need to consider the cost of resettlement to communities where refugees are being resettled.feedback

Zaw Htay

With Bangladesh government's cooperation, both sides can verify whose mines by using expert teams.feedback

Alexander Gauland

We can only block the way for refugees from Asia and Afghanistan trying to get here by working with Russia. We need Russia as a Christian bulwark against an Islamic invasion.feedback

Joseph Tripura - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Most of them are living in basic structures, with a roof made of tarpaulin and bamboo frames. Some of them are still stranded in open places.feedback

Joseph Tripura - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Some of them… described their houses being burnt, their relatives being shot. Many fled into jungles and mountains and were hiding for days.feedback

Laci Rivers

Everyone is stressed and hungry and confused. We've already realized it's going to be looted while we're gone.feedback

Jean-Claude Juncker - European Commission

The wind is back in Europe's sails. Now we have a window of opportunity, but it will not stay open for ever. Let us make the most of the moment: catch the wind in our sails. This is the only way Europe will be able to show solidarity with refugees in real need of protection. More democracy means more efficiency. Europe would be easier to understand if one captain was steering the ship.feedback

Sheikh Hasina

Myanmar will have to take back all Rohingya refugees who entered Bangladesh. Myanmar has created the problem and they will have to solve it. We want peaceful relations with our neighbours, but we can't accept any injustice. Stop this violence against innocent people.feedback

Sheikh Hasina

They should stop [the violence]. The Myanmar government should have handled this situation patiently and [not] allowed the army of the law enforcement agencies to attack the common people. What are the crimes of the women, children, the innocent people? They are not responsible.feedback

Sarah Huckabee Sanders

The massive displacement and victimisation of people, including large numbers of the ethnic Rohingya community and other minorities, shows that Burmese security forces are not protecting civilians.feedback

Douglas Chin

The Trump administration has ended its odd and ill-advised quest to ban grandmas from the country. With respect to the admission to the United States of refugees with formal assurances and the Supreme Court's temporary stay order, each day matters. We will respond very soon to DOJ's filing.feedback

Geoffrey Scott-Baker

They are starving and dehydrated, there is very little shelter at the airport so they are sunburnt.feedback

Geoffrey Scott-Baker

She is frightened, they are getting very little water and only one protein bar a day as food.feedback

Geoffrey Scott-Baker

The BVI is only an hours flight away, if the problem is so big how come other countries are managing it.feedback

Kirsty Shephard

It just seems to be simple - the Foreign Office just need to speak to someone and tell them we need to get them off the island. They have been abandoned on the island. The main response seems to be to the British overseas territory but they have got no information and no plan for what to do for British citizens on other islands.feedback

Geoffrey Scott-Baker

Their health is deteriorating and there is shooting and looting going on. If any of them have health problems then the likelihood is they will be going home in a box.feedback

Kirsty Shephard

They keep being told that the UK Foreign Office has not made contact with anyone on the island and so there is no plan to evacuate British people. The French plane said that they did not have permission to take British citizens.feedback

Geoffrey Scott-Baker

We are looking after the grandchildren and they are saying 'when is mummy coming home?' What am I supposed to tell them?feedback

Kirsty Shephard

There is no electricity, no running water, no toilets and very limited food and water. They were told initially there was enough for three days and now we are on day five. They are just trying to get off the island and queue at the airport, where there is very little shelter, from 5.30am till 8pm. French flew with three quarter empty plane because they couldn't get permission for 'refugees'. Back to resort.feedback

Geoffrey Scott-Baker

They are just trying to survive. They are being told to go to the airport each day but the Dutch and the French are just looking after their own, if you have got the wrong passport then you don't fly. The scale of this is that it would take just one passenger jet, just a plane that could carry up to 150 people, to get them all out. They just need to get to Antigua which is a 30 minute flight, we are not asking big favours like getting them back to Europe.feedback

Kirsty Shephard

There is nothing that they can do, some of them are almost in tears because they can't do anything.feedback

Priyanka Chopra

I think the world needs to understand that this is not just a Syrian refugee crisis, it's a humanitarian crisis.feedback

Tirana Hassan

All indications point to the Myanmar security forces deliberately targeting locations that Rohingya refugees use as crossing points. This a cruel and callous way of adding to the misery of people fleeing a systematic campaign of persecution. Instead of denying responsibility, Myanmar should put the safety of people in the border area at the forefront. There is a reason why the use of antipersonnel landmines is illegal: they kill and maim indiscriminately and can't distinguish between fighters and ordinary people.feedback

Iverna McGowan - Amnesty International

The response by the EU member states has been woefully inadequate and it's also been very misguided. Migrant policy over the last number of years has done away with evidence-based policies that have worked and been very cruel in the way it's left people already fleeing persecution and war literally out in the cold. We're deeply critical of Europe's response to what is a global refugee crisis. The numbers rising in Europe compared to the capacity and population of Europe was not in itself a crisis. But the political response was left lacking.feedback

Duniya Aslam Khan - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

The limited shelter capacity is already exhausted. Refugees are now squatting in makeshift shelters that have mushroomed along the road and on available land in the Ukhiya and Teknaf areas.feedback

Leonard Doyle

What we know is what people are saying as they come across, and what they're saying now, given this been going on since Aug. 25, is they are in an absolutely desperate state. They say (they are) living out in (the) open, without protection from the tropical sun with their children, without enough food to eat.feedback

David Robinson

Education is a life-saving intervention for refugees. With 'Lampedusa,' we hope people are inspired by the music and are compelled to get involved.feedback

Dimitris Avramopoulos

ECJ confirms relocation scheme valid. Time to work in unity and implement solidarity in full.feedback

Shinni Kubo - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

We need to prepare for many more to come, I am afraid. We need huge financial resources. This is unprecedented. This is dramatic. It will continue for weeks and weeks.feedback

Phil Robertson - Human Rights Watch

The widespread destruction of urban areas in Maungdaw town suggests that Burmese security forces are not just attacking Rohingya Muslims in isolated villages. The Burmese government has an obligation to protect everyone in the country, but if safety cannot even be found in area capitals, then no place may be safe.feedback

Becca Heller

I am thrilled that two courts have now recognized the importance of the decades-old relationship between refugees and the American families, communities and organizations that help them resettle.feedback

George Clooney

Amal and I are going to take $20 million and put it directly into our foundation [the Clooney Foundation for Justice]. It will go toward educating refugees, it will go toward housing, it will go to all the things that we want to work on.feedback

Tejshree Thapa - Human Rights Watch

I've worked in many war zones. I've worked with refugees before. But the scale of this particular flow of refugees is highly distressing.feedback

Mohammad Zaman Mamozai

It is a very serious violation. The people are very angry. It is a major abuse against Islam. Why they do not understand or know our culture, our religion and history? We lost several million, became refugees, lost our country and government just because of our religion.feedback

Dimitris Avramopoulos

Member states are obliged, legally and politically, I would say even morally to do their part.feedback

Miroslav Lajcak

We will actively work to express solidarity with countries most affected by the problem of migration.feedback

Peter Szijjarto

Our first goal in connection with the future of the EU is to continue to guarantee the security of Hungarians. Politics has raped European laws and values.feedback

Duniya Aslam Khan - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Those who have made it to Bangladesh are in poor condition. Most have walked for days from their villages – hiding in jungles, crossing mountains and rivers with what they could salvage from their homes. They are hungry, weak and sick.feedback

Aktar Hussan

What is happening to our people is monstrous. We don't know if things will ever get better. All we can do is to rely on almighty Allah.feedback

Ahmed Hussen

My experience is not unique. Canada receives a lot of refugees every year. I'm trying to leave Canada in decent shape. To me, giving back to Canada is very personal.feedback

Gurinder Chadha

Very few people know what actually happened in the last days of the British Raj and very few people know that it was the biggest forced migration in human history – 14 million people became refugees overnight. And some of those were my family.feedback

Niklas Granholm - Defence Research Agency

The Swedish National Police Agency decided that the unit was no longer needed but now there is a burgeoning discussion about reintroducing it. At the same time, there is a general shortage of police officers in Sweden and much of the police's resources have gone to dealing with the refugee crisis.feedback

Ahmad Al Rousan

It was another shock, after the difficulties of crossing the Mediterranean, knowing that they could face death. They told us, We are refugees, we've asked the state to protect us,' so the eviction was another trauma.feedback

Phil Robertson - Human Rights Watch

This new satellite imagery shows the total destruction of a Muslim village, and prompts serious concerns that the level of devastation in northern Rakhine State may be far worse than originally thought. Yet this is only one of 17 sites that we've located where burnings have taken place. Independent monitors are needed on the ground to urgently uncover what's going on.feedback

Pierre Peron

Food security indicators and child malnutrition rates in Maungdaw were already above emergency thresholds before the violence broke out, and it is likely that they will now deteriorate even further.feedback

Jalal Ahmed

The military came with 200 people to the village and started fires...All the houses in my village are already destroyed. If we go back there and the army sees us, they will shoot.feedback

Jalal Ahmed

The Bengali problem was a long-standing one which has become an unfinished job.feedback

Matteo de Bellis - Amnesty International

Certainly the Turkey deal is seen as a precedent to be followed by several European governments. We have to consider that there is no 'one size fits all' approach and we cannot apply past experiences to a situation like the current situation in Libya for example. Libya is in a situation of widespread human rights violations, affecting all parts of the population but particularly refugees and migrants.feedback

Khalid Koser

Australia is the key rich country in this part of the world, it's one of the few parties to the refugees convention, but it should not be complacent.feedback

Khalid Koser

The current system is just not working. Half the world's refugees are just stuck in protracted situations, with no solutions. That can't be the right solution. The compacts could be an opportunity for some out-of-the-box thinking and to test these more difficult issues.feedback

Ibrahim Ali

A lot of people are doing it to get to Europe, the US and Canada. While I plan to stay in Lebanon, I know hundreds who been baptised just to help their applications. They would do anything to have security for their family.feedback

Patrice Florvilus

Canada claims things have returned to normal. They have not. There is criminalization of homosexuality and dissent, assassinations, a corrupt justice system. So much suffering has flowed from the coup onward, and the state now has no capacity to protects its citizens. Canada should assume responsibility for the chaos and injustice it helped create.feedback

Patrice Florvilus

If Canada wants to become a real beacon for refugees, here is an opportunity prove it.feedback

Ai Weiwei

We are witnessing a rise in nationalism, an increase in the closure of borders, and an exclusionary attitude toward migrants and refugees, the victims of war and the casualties of globalization.feedback

William Bruso

It was a very cool experience. I felt very honored that [the hawk] chose to hunker down with me – and was so well-behaved, better behaved than my cousins who come here and wreak havoc … It was a magical experience. This is a bird of prey, a natural-born killer in its normal environment. But this was not a normal situation.feedback

Benedict Rogers

To have a worldwide Christian leader such as Pope Francis speaking out and standing in solidarity with a persecuted Muslim community sends a vital message about the importance of freedom of religion or belief and inter-religious harmony.feedback

Nu Sein

I thought I was going to die. I couldn't run fast as my knee is not good. There are some elders still left in the village.feedback

Alexander Betts

Although refugees have vulnerabilities, they also have capabilities. If we give them basic economic freedoms, like the opportunity to work or start businesses, then they can help themselves and contribute to countries that host them.feedback

Alexander Betts

The European refugee crisis was not a crisis of numbers; it was a crisis of politics. Twenty-eight EU member states should have been able to manage an influx of 1 million refugees–a number less than, say, Lebanon or Uganda host by themselves.feedback

Ute Lemper

She was really outraged about the refugee crisis, so she stood for a policy that had some humanity. She has built villages out of nowhere to host the refugees, to give them education immediately, to find ways to assimilate them into the society, beyond their background. She did really good stuff – a clever, intellectual woman with her heart in the right place. And she's not even a liberal. She's a conservative.feedback

Angela Merkel

That some countries refuse to accept any refugees is not on. That contradicts the spirit of Europe. We'll overcome that. It will take time and patience but we will succeed.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

Iran is already well on its way to controlling Iraq, Yemen and to a large extent is already in practice in control of Lebanon. We cannot forget for a single minute that Iran threatens every day to annihilate Israel. Israel opposes Iran's continued entrenchment in Syria. We will be sure to defend ourselves with all means against this and any threat. Bringing Shi'ites into the Sunni sphere will surely have many serious implications both in regard to refugees and to new terrorist acts.feedback

José Múzquiz

I think it comes more from the hospitality tradition in Mexico which we have, and not only in a social sense. Yes, Mexicans are very hospitable. I mean as a country we received lots of refugees from the Spanish civil war and they helped build for example a lot of businesses here in Mexico. We also received people during the Central American wars, and also the Lebanese and the Haitians. And so Mexico really has this diplomatic tradition of being open to refugees and people in conflict situations.feedback

Matteo Viacava

This is a really important tourist destination and we just don't have spare accommodation. The waiting list for residents who are waiting for council housing is already very long.feedback

Yiannis Mouzalas

I don't know where they will go. It could be Athens, it could be Thebes … they will be accommodated in an apartment scheme. Whatever [happens], conditions will be good, they have improved greatly and will meet EU criteria.feedback

Yiannis Mouzalas

The paperwork has begun and we expect returns to begin over the next month. It will start with a symbolic number as an act of friendship [towards other EU nations]. Greece has already accepted so many [refugees], it has come under such pressure, that to accept more would be absurd, a joke if it weren't such a tragedy.feedback

Yiannis Mouzalas

About 50% of those entering the country are economic migrants, they are not fleeing persecution or war.feedback

Yiannis Mouzalas

Around 17,000 have been relocated and around 7,000 reunited with their families. It is happening, but if I were them I would want the process to move faster. There was pressure from several EU countries to resume returns. I understand that governments want to show some results to their voters.feedback

Mohammed al-Mahamid

We applied to go to Hamburg, where my brother lives, over a year ago. We are looking after his daughter here because she is ill and he could not take her. Every day we are told 'wait until tomorrow'. Why? The conditions in Greece are very bad. We live in an old school building in Athens, there is no work, the food is not good and there is nothing to do.feedback

Yiannis Mouzalas

They continue to arrive, albeit in much smaller numbers, on the islands, across the Evros river, across our land border with Turkey, wherever they can. To say the crisis is over depends on the war [in Syria], on Turkey, on Europe. In Greece, we remain very concerned.feedback

Ulla Jelpke

The very same party which is running a family-friendly campaign is practising a policy which hurts families, only to gain a few votes from the rightwing spectrum.feedback

Nour Waez

We don't want to be here, we want to be in Berlin with our father. We don't want to wait any more. We want to continue our education, live normal lives. My father is a doctor. He joined my brother in Germany last year. Every day, me, my two sisters and my mother learn German from the books he has sent us. So much time has been lost. Why all this waiting when they have told us we can go?feedback

Justin Trudeau

The United Nations has made a determination that even with the shift in immigration policies of the United States, they still fully qualify for holding up their end of the bargain on the Safe Third Country.feedback

Jenny Kwan

This leaves desperate asylum seekers with few options, and many feel they must take the risks of crossing the border in-between ports of entry. If the prime minister was serious about reducing unsanctioned border crossings, let alone truly welcoming refugees, he would have already suspended the Safe Third Country Agreement.feedback

Jannette Schule

It seems possible for Angela to find money to feed, clothe and house millions of refugees, but not to fix our Badepark.feedback

Michelle Rempel

Our system now is in shambles, and I think a lot of this has to do with the messaging – the inconsistent messaging – that has been coming out of Justin Trudeau's personal communication shop.feedback

Albert Bitoden Yaka

In this weather, a lot of people die. It's up to God, some people don't reach, some people reach. The moment you're in the boat, you're selling your life, but there's no solution. [The] only solution [is to] pray God to save you, [to] reach the place, but it's not easy to enter this sea.feedback

Albert Bitoden Yaka

Only 12 people survived, the rest all died before our eyes, among them children and women. I swam and caught the boat, until the next day fishermen came and saw us. They went back and brought help. We were crying, they went back, people came with a boat. I was in sea for one day until 11am. I didn't know Libya was also fighting.feedback

Rosa Otero - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Given the current rise … there are no adequate structures and procedures in place to deal with more arrivals and to swiftly identify international protection and other protection needs.feedback

Albert Bitoden Yaka

In my opinion, I think the authorities and European states are proving to be inefficient when it comes to addressing this phenomenon, especially the arrival of refugees. Algeciras is a city of more than 120 nationalities, they know how important it is to live together. It is in moments of like this [after the Barcelona attack] that we realise the impact of having experience in diversity to prevent hostility.feedback

Sauli Vainamo Niinisto

The people's security and feeling of safety has been shaken. Finland is bound by international agreements on refugees and asylum seekers.feedback

David McNabb

I got a camera with no experience. I just started videos putting together for fun with our family.feedback

William Spindler - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

There have been three main routes into Europe for many years, for decades: the central Mediterranean one, the eastern one from Turkey to Greece, and there has always been Spain. What is true is that when efforts are made to clamp down on one route, another tends to open up. We don't have any hard evidence. We could see an increase in the next few weeks.feedback

Sacha Manov - International Rescue Committee

The government response to accepting the South Sudanese refugees has been overwhelmingly positive, progressive, and welcoming.feedback

Samuel Amule

They are slaughtering people with knives. They say, If you are staying here, you are a rebel.feedback

Stella Taji

Two weeks ago my husband's uncle was killed. Since then we've been hiding in the bush. We have nothing.feedback

María Jesús Vega - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

[But] if there isn't a proper response, we could see people who have fallen into the clutches of people traffickers becoming merchandise. We're going to see people who should have international protection facing danger if they're returned home.feedback

María Jesús Vega - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

What we're asking is for there to be the right mechanisms in place to ensure people are treated with dignity when they come.feedback

María Jesús Vega - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

The state isn't prepared and there aren't even the resources and the means to deal with the usual flow of people arriving by sea. Given the current rise, we're seeing an overflow situation when it comes to local authorities trying to cope at arrival points.feedback

María Jesús Vega - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

It's clear that walls and fences aren't going to deter anyone who's desperate enough to risk their life and those of their children. Whatever lies ahead of them, it can't be worse than what they're leaving behind. They know they could die.feedback

Alexander Reiser

The community's biggest concern is the refugees. The pictures come from Russian television and they say the country is ... being flooded, now these 'barbarians' are coming from the Middle East.feedback

Michael Kozak

Every year, unfortunately, there are way, way more refugees than any country can take.feedback

Mark Witte

We're waiting for the tipping point. We're going to wait too long, and it'll be a more expensive fix in the long term than if we just did something now.feedback

Pat Forbes

If all we do is get the people off the island, we have not succeeded. We need them to be a community and hopefully even build a stronger community.feedback

Robert Vehrkamp

I would go as far as to say, that if we hadn't had this refugee crisis in Germany, then we wouldn't be talking at all in Germany about populism and the AFD at this moment.feedback

Robert Vehrkamp

If the refugee crisis were to break out again… then that of course would be grist for the AfD's mill. But that's the only topic that populism can grown on here.feedback

Mohammed Kareem

If Germany paid reparations to Israel, then Americans should pay for what they did in Iraq.feedback

Fatih Uenal

There is an expectation that people coming to Germany will assume that sense of historical duty. That makes the higher incidence of anti-Semitic views among Muslims hard to talk about, and so we haven't found a good way of engaging different sorts of people about the violence that went on here.feedback

Mohammed Kareem

Everywhere – whether on the TV, from Imams or at school – we hear, Jews are not good,' and we don't know any Jews to see them differently.feedback

Osman Jamo

The Arabs think what Hitler did was a good thing, because he freed them from the Jews. We are definitely still against the Zionists.feedback

Armin Langer

Anti-Semitism is not a question of ethnicity. It's a question of social and cultural influences.feedback

Osman Jamo

How was it possible? Maybe the Jews want to keep these places going so they can be seen as victims forever. Israeli aggression is the most basic problem.feedback

Nina Coenen

One of our lessons is that this is a tolerant society, where individuals are entitled to their views. It's a process.feedback

Becca Stevens

They talked about the day they decided to leave. They could tell that story, heading out, and they did talk about how those life vests were a symbol of oppression in many ways. It wasn't a symbol of freedom. One of the women talked about the very first time she went and made it through to Turkey to get to Greece. They charged her 180 euros for the first life vest, and then the boat didn't even make it. She had to buy another vest and another vest. It was on the fourth time that she finally got it.feedback

Abi Hewitt

And they were all like, Yes, I'm in.' The Kurdish women said their grandmothers were weavers, and they were proud to learn. These are capable people. These are people who had worked before, they want to work.feedback

Becca Stevens

For them to feel like they're helping Syrian refugees raise their children and find stability and hope, that gives them meaning and depth. It gives me meaning.feedback

Becca Stevens

So they could say, Come, sit!' And you're sitting outside this metal container on a piece of plywood, but they've made it welcoming.feedback

Abi Hewitt

It is about buying the mats, but it's also about welcoming people. How would we want to be welcomed, you know? Really think about the word welcome. What does that really mean?feedback

Becca Stevens

It only took them a little while of stripping them and cutting them up and starting to weave and they were like, Oh, we're taking this really scary, traumatic experience, and we're taking control over it and turning it into something that's healing.feedback

Becca Stevens

It's an extraordinary woman who one day wakes up in Aleppo and realizes the mosque is gone, the school is gone, my grocery store is gone, two of my neighbors are gone, and she decides that day she's going to become a refugee with her children. That takes extraordinary, extraordinary courage.feedback

Abi Hewitt

You're not the victim all the time. And that's what they want. They want to live a normal life. They want to be able to make decisions that we take for granted every single day.feedback

Becca Stevens

They want the same thing every woman wants – I want to do stuff for my kids, I'd like to get a new hajib. One of the funny things is we brought gift bags for all of the women when we got there, and the first thing they said is, Do you have any mascara?' I didn't even think about bringing mascara. We brought healing products for skin, we brought nail polish. That makes sense to me that they would want eye liner and mascara. Okay, next shipment we're going to send some eyeliner and mascara! Because you still want to feel beautiful in the middle of a refugee camp.feedback

Becca Stevens

I'm still smelling it. It can go to your heart. I don't want to forget the people there or forget what people are going through. I want to keep smelling, remembering and keep doing this work.feedback

Regina Marlowe

You've got a purpose, you've got a reason to get up in the morning. To see their faces after the first welcome mat was done, those women were WOW! They were lit up, and they were eager to do the next one. To watch those women come to life, it was beautiful.feedback

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