Global Refugees and Migration in the Twenty-first Century: Policies and Narratives of Inclusion

November 15, 2018
1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. EST
Location: Copley Hall Copley Formal Lounge Map

Since 2000, the numbers of refugees and displaced persons have skyrocketed worldwide. These population movements have created vast challenges for the international community, as well as for destination countries and local communities where refugees and displaced persons settle. Effective policies to address the refugee crisis must, therefore, consider three different levels—global, national, and local—and how they interact in practice. Just as critically, they must foster inclusion by countering the xenophobic narratives that exacerbate the politics of the refugee issue worldwide.

Panelists discussed the admission and initial integration of refugees and migrants in the United States and Europe, addressing whether and how practices of other countries offer any lessons for the United States. They examined the long-term integration processes of refugees and migrants and suggest how and why local responses matter for successful integration. Denis McDonough (MSFS'96), former chief of staff to President Barack Obama, closed the conference with a keynote address.


1:00 - 1:15 p.m. | Welcome Remarks from the Vice President for Global Engagement
Thomas Banchoff, Georgetown University

1:15 - 2:45 p.m. | Admission and Early Integration: Lessons for the United States
Mike Mitchell, Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society
Rachel Peric, Welcoming America 
Joan Rosenhauer, Jesuit Refugee Service
Hans Van de Weerd, International Rescue Committee

3:00 - 4:30 p.m. | Local Responses and Long-Term Integration
Ali Al Sudani, Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston 
Sonia Lin, New York City Office of Immigrant Affairs
Linda Lopez, Los Angeles Office of Immigrant Affairs

4:45 - 6:00 p.m. | Keynote and Audience Q&A
Denis McDonough, White House Chief of Staff for President Barack Obama

This event is co-sponsored by the Institute for the Study of International Migration and the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs. It is part of the Global Refugee and Migration Project, which is generously supported by the Georgetown University Board of Regents.

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