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

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 polices 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 will discuss 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 will examine 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, will close the conference with a keynote address.


Full Conference Schedule:

Welcome & Introductory Remarks: 1:00 – 1:15 pm
Thomas Banchoff (Vice President for Global Engagement, Georgetown University)
First Panel: International Perspectives, 1:15-2:45 pm
This panel will emphasize the admission and initial integration of refugees and migrants in the US and Europe, and asks participants whether and how practices of other countries who accept migrants and refugees hold any lessons for the US. 

Mike Mitchell, HIAS
Rachel Peric, Welcoming International
Joan Rosenhauer, Jesuit Refugee Services
Hans Van de Weerd, International Rescue Committee
Coffee Break: 2:45 – 3:00 pm
Second Panel: National Perspectives, 3:00-4:30pm

This panel will emphasize longer-term integration processes in the US, and asks participants to discuss local responses and how they matter for successful refugee and migrant integration.
Ali Al Sudani, Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston
Sonia Lin, New York City Immigrant Affairs
Linda Lopez, Los Angeles Immigrant Affairs
Coffee Break: 4:30 – 4:45 pm
Keynote & Audience Q&A: 4:45-6:00 pm

Denis McDonough (Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama), with introduction by Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia.

Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 1:00pm to 6:00pm

Copley Hall, Copley Formal Lounge
37th and O St., N.W., Washington

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Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Institute for the Study of International Migration


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