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Global Health

SOF Three-Day Symposium: The Refugee Crisis in Europe: Policies and Implications for Europe and Beyond

In collaboration with the Health, Medicine, and Society Program.

*This event is by invitation only.

This three-day symposium will examine and analyze one of the most challenging crises to reach the shores of Europe in the 21st century. What do we know about the demographics of refugees, migrants, and asylum-seekers and the on-the-ground realities when they arrive in Europe? Which policies are proving to be the most effective in terms of providing assistance to these new arrivals such that European values and national security remain intact? Is it necessary to assimilate refugees and migrants to the culture and norms of Europe or can cultural differences be accommodated? How will the arrival and acceptance of refugees and migrants impact Europe’s economy and foreign relations? What are the long-term projections and implications for both the displaced populations and the nations opening their borders? Is there a relationship between the acceptance of refugees and migrants coming from economies crippled by conflict and the rise of populist parties in Europe? What lessons can be learned from Europe’s policies to guide an effective global response? This symposium will delve deep into the intricate and complex policies and implications of this monumental crisis and paint a picture of what the futures holds for Europe and the rest of the world. View full agenda here

Dr. Courtland Robinson is an Associate Professor in the Department of International Health. He is Associate Director of the Health Systems Program and Deputy Director of the Center for Refugee and Disaster Response. He has worked in the field of refugee and disaster programs and policy since 1979, with positions in the United States (Indochina Refugee Action Center and the US Committee for Refugees) and internationally (Save the Children, World Education, Mercy Corps and the Asian Research Center for Migration). His research interests have focused on vulnerable populations in migration, whether displaced by conflict or natural disaster, or in the context of migrant labor and human trafficking.

Yves Pascoua is Director of Migration and Mobility Policies at the European Policy Centre (EPC). Before joining the EPC, he worked for 10 years as a Researcher at the University of Pau in France where he obtained a PhD in Law. He has also been a Researcher at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, where he conducted a large-scale survey on migrants’ integration requirements. He has researched and published widely on the EU and national immigration, asylum and integration policies. He has participated in various EU projects and has also been a national expert for several networks such as the Free Movement of Workers Network and the Odysseus Academic Network. Alongside his position as Director at the EPC, Yves Pascouau is also the editor of online legal website European Migration Law.

Cost: $550/participant or $410/auditor

Event information
Sun Aug 7, 2016 - Wed Aug 10, 2016
Doerr-Hosier Center
Aspen, CO