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Countries across Europe and states across the United States are debating the dangers of admitting more refugees from Syria or, indeed, any majority Muslim country where Al-Qaeda or ISIS members or sympathizers could slip in with their families.Second, the world now has 60 million refugees.In particular, it is time to embrace the prospect not of camps but of cities – places where up to a million refugees of any particular nationality can live safely and learn how to build a better future.Rather than remaining concentrations of desperate, dispossessed and vulnerable people waiting for a day of return that may never come, refugee settlements should be fundamentally reconceived – as hubs of education, enterprise, and equal rights that can anchor networks of relatives and friends that extend back home and around the world.Individuals seeking refuge from a toxic and deadly environment could be welcomed not into camps, but rather proto-cities where the "global community," represented by international institutions, non-governmental organizations, governments and citizens, can encourage hope of a different, more secure life by nurturing positive seeds of knowledge, capital and liberal self-government.New America, the think tank I head, has compiled a database on 466 individuals from 25 Western countries who have left their homes to go to Syria.
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