John Oliver gave the Syrian refugee crisis the John Oliver treatment last night, which has come to mean an extensively researched, funny takedown of both media and popular perception of a pressing issue. He explains the bureaucratic nightmare that awaits refugees after the hellish trip and the inhumane denial of work permits, pointing out, “These people can't go five years without working—they’re refugees, not Renee Zellweger.”
To combat the false perception that migrants and refugees are lazy, Oliver cited the especially inspirational story of Nageen Mustafa, a 16-year-old who trekked from Syria to Europe in her wheelchair. Her English is impeccable, which she attributes to watching the soap Days of Our Lives, which previously hasn't been thought to have any educational value.
Starting at 15:55 (wow, these segments really are long), Oliver enlisted Days of Our Lives' Alison Sweeney and James Scott to create a special episode of the soap opera to honor Nageen.