In a piece for the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) the Director of the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies Kristin Bergtora Sandvik discusses the Refugee Crisis as a Global Humanitarian Challenge, and the role for China in addressing this challenge.
At a recent ECFR workshop in Beijing, some expressed the view that Europe “deserves” this refugee influx due to its largely uncritical support of US policy in the Middle East, or that the refugee crisis can be reductively understood as an automatic consequence of the same US policy. Sandvik argues that this view should be challenged. Here China should be seen for what it is: as an indispensable partner for the European Union and an increasingly central player in global humanitarianism. Having the financial and intellectual resources of humanitarian donors like China squarely onboard in this work is also crucial for making the humanitarian sector fit for purpose in the future.
The full post can be read here.