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Humanitarian advisor on approaching the global refugee crisis

Veteran humanitarian Nigel Fisher sees the Syrian refugee crisis in the context of an unprecedented global movement of people.
Syrian refugees walk on a railway track toward a makeshift camp for asylum seekers in Roszke, southern Hungary. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press)

The refugees flooding into Europe are the focus of international attention right now, and the ripples continue to spread long after people leave their homes.

As we witness the Syrian refugees fleeing war, others flee other crises in the world at this very moment, causing similar heart-rending journeys.

Today, as part of Ripple Effect — our season-long look at the consequences, intended or otherwise, of decisions and actions — we're joined by someone who's spent a career going into hot spots even as so many others in the world have ignored them.

Nigel Fisher is a Canadian humanitarian. He's a former United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria crisis, and he's now a Senior Advisor for Humanitarian Policy and Complex Crises with the Kon terra Group. We reached him in Geneva, Switzerland.

If you've been uprooted or affected by this global migration, tweet us @TheCurrentCBC with the hashtag #RippleCBC, post on our Facebook page, or send us an email.

This segment was produced by The Current's Idella Sturino and Cathy Simon.