Can the world afford changing the rules on refugees?

If the Western world no longer feels obliged to provide refuge to people from poorer countries, at the very least it should cease destabilising Arab and African countries for geopolitical gain.

Tragic fates. President Donald Trump listens to Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad, from Yazidi, Iraq, centre, as he meets with survivors of religious persecution in the Oval Office of the White House on July 17, 2019, in Washington. (AP)