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Lesson Plan December 15, 2015

News Bite 4: Is There a Link Between Refugees and Extremists?

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Questions for "Is There a Link Between Refugees and Extremists?"

  1. Discuss the following excerpt from the article. Do you agree with the link Su describes?

"My confusion came from a gap in understanding, similar to the gap between responses to Sousse in July and Paris now. I was looking at these subjects from an outside perspective, one disconnected from the region’s historical traumas and ongoing suffering. I saw closed borders, displacement camps, wars and killing, but only after reporting did I see the link between refugees and extremists: that deep injustice creates both."?

  1. Su writes: "A second link between refugees and extremism is that one can help us to combat the other. Fighting extremism means we must also find real ways to give hope to those on the crushed side of our world—and no one knows how to do that better than refugees."

    In this context, what power do you have to fight extremism?
  1. Find a recent news article where someone argues that refugees are the cause of violent extremism, and compare their argument to the one Su makes here. What are the strengths and weaknesses of each argument? Which one do you agree with more?

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