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Protecting Ethiopian Refugees — and Averting the Next Crisis
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Protecting Ethiopian Refugees — and Averting the Next Crisis

As the refugee crisis in Ethiopia worsens, authors Elisa Massimino and Alexandra Schmitt explain why the United States must take a leading role in building a flexible, inclusive, and sustainable system to protect the forcibly displaced.

Refugee crises often seem to emerge out of nowhere. All of a sudden, people are streaming across borders, making the excruciating choice that is no choice at all: to flee home as danger closes in, with little more than the clothes on their backs.

But the full story is almost always more complicated and, sadly, more predictable. By the time a refugee is knocking at a foreign door, the international system designed to protect them has already failed many times over.

The above excerpt was originally published in Just Security. Click here to view the full article.

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Elisa Massimino

Senior Fellow

Alexandra Schmitt

Former Senior Policy Analyst