About the book

In Rescue: Refugees and the Political Crisis of our Time (TED Books 2017), David Miliband takes us from war zones in the Middle East to the heart of Europe to explain the crisis and show what can be done, not just by governments with the power to change policy but by citizens with the urge to change lives. His innovative and practical call to action shows that the crisis need not overwhelm us.


Miliband says this is a fight to uphold the best of human nature in the face of rhetoric and policy that humour the worst. He defends the international order built by leaders out of the ashes of World War II, but says now is the time for reform. Describing his family story and drawing lessons from his life in politics, Miliband shows that if we fail refugees, then we betray our own history, values, and interests.

The message is simple: rescue refugees and we rescue ourselves.


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About David Miliband

David Miliband, president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, is a former Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom. As the son of refugees, he brings a personal commitment to the IRC's work.

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We can rescue the dignity and hopes of refugees and displaced people. And if we help them, in the process we will rescue our own values.

David Miliband