From Brexit to Hungary to the U.S. border wall, many of today's political conflicts rest on the idea of immigration. Moving people from one place to another is easier said than done, and as we've seen around world, there are inherent tensions between people who want to enter a country and the people who are already there. On top of that, climate change will continue to create situations where people are displaced from their homes.
Jan Egeland doesn't have all the answers to these issues, but he's committed to figuring them out. He is the Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council and Special Adviser to the UN Special Envoy for Syria. Despite the challenges that immigration poses, he remains optimistic about the progress the world has made and the power of democratic governments to find solutions.
Jan visited Penn State as guest of the Center for Security Research and Education.