European Refugee Crisis

The Syrian Refugee Crisis: A Jewish Sense of Responsibility

Sep 09, 2015

The Jerusalem Post reached out to Jewish aid organizations across the globe to find out what role they are playing to help refugees from Syria and the region and spoke with HIAS President and CEO Mark J. Hetfield.

World Politics Review: Why the U.S. Has Accepted So Few Syrian Refugees

Sep 09, 2015

"As the plight of Syrian refugees and their harrowing attempts to enter Europe dominate international media, calls have mounted for the United States to play a greater role in managing the crisis," Karina Piser writes in World Politics Review. “This isn’t how the refugee referral process should be happening,” says Melanie Nezer, vice president of policy and advocacy at HIAS.

Time: How to Talk to Your Kids about Refugees

Sep 08, 2015

American kids have great opportunities to get involved, thanks to a “robust refugee resettlement program” in the U.S, either through secular programs like the International Rescue Committee, or faith-based groups like the HIAS.

Mark Hetfield on NPR: Europe, US Treating Crisis Like "Business as Usual"

Sep 04, 2015

HIAS President and CEO Mark J. Hetfield discussed the current European refugee crisis and what the US should be doing to help with NPR's Robert Siegel on All Things Considered, Friday September 4. screenshot

Op-Ed: Greece’s Other Crisis

Jul 15, 2015

Despite almost daily headlines detailing the dangers of crossing the Mediterranean by sea, refugees are still braving the waves in record numbers. Greece, a part of the European Union, is supposed to have an asylum system “harmonized” with the rest of Europe. In practice, though, Greece is about as well integrated with the rest of Europe on the asylum front as it is economically.

World’s Refugees: Huge Problem, Meager Response

Jun 19, 2015

Read HIAS President & CEO Mark Hetfield's Letter to the Editor of The New York Times in response to the June 18 front page story 60 Million People Fleeing Chaotic Lands, U.N. Says.