The attacks in Brussels this week are accelerating an already heated conversation in Europe about the unrelenting movement of refugee from the Middle East to the continent.

The attacks on Tuesday came just days after the European Union sealed a highly controversial agreement with Turkey in which refugees arriving to the greek islands would be expelled back to Turkey.

A refugee mother and her two children rest after arriving by boat on the island of Lesvos.

A refugee mother and her two children rest after arriving by boat on the island of Lesvos.

This agreement is highly maligned by the United Nations and refugee advocates for reasons I discuss with a UN official and a refugee advocate.

This episode is in two parts. First, I speak with Melissa Fleming, a spokesperson for the UN Refugee Agency. She offers a grounds-eye view of how this new deal is affecting the work of the UN Refugee Agency on the Greek Islands and explains why UNHCR is refusing to collaborate in the implementation of this agreement.

Next, I speak with Michel Gabaudan, president of Refugees International, who discusses the details of the deal and does a good job of putting it in a larger context of global refugee policy.

If you have 25 minutes and want to understand the current state of the refugee crisis in Europe, have a listen.

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