Our national championship topic is:
Countries have an obligation to accept refugees fleeing from war zones
Right now, 19.5 million people worldwide are refugees outside of their home country. Their situation is usually difficult and dangerous.
Some of them face the harsh and even prison-like conditions of refugee camps. Others give their life savings to criminals whom they trust to smuggle them across borders. They may become the victims of other criminal operations. Even those who take the legal route of applying for asylum find that it often takes years to complete, during which time they are often separated from their families, and uncertain of whether their applications will be accepted.
International refugeeism has a long history, checkered with both failures and successes. But this displaced nation needs help; their numbers would make them the 59th largest country in the world. Today’s refugee population is the largest since 40 million people were displaced by the second world war.