Global Migration Section Call (April 2017) - Recording (.MP3)
Refugees and Asylees: An Overview of the Global Situation
As a result of ongoing political and socio-economic changes, refugees remain a population in flux and in need of continued legal assistance. But they seek this assistance in an increasingly challenging global environment. The European refugee crisis began in 2015 when rising numbers of people arrived undocumented in the European Union, travelling across the Mediterranean Sea or overland through Southeast Europe. These people included not only refugees seeking protection, but also various others, including economic migrants. The influx led to a backlash against migrants in many jurisdictions. The refugee situation now present in Europe has been ongoing in other parts of the world, such as Africa and Australia, for quite some time. Also, the U.S., due to President Trump’s recent travel ban, has halted its refugee program for an extendable 90 day period, although this is currently subject to legal challenges.
Our panel of experts will provide their take on the current global refugee crises in each of their jurisdictions. The panelists will provide on the ground guidance on the ever-changing refugee situation in their countries of expertise. They will also provide information on how immigration attorneys around the world can volunteer their services to assist this vulnerable population.
SpeakersModerator – Lois Gimpel Shaukat (McKinsey)
Adam Rosser – Hunton & Williams, DC, and founder of not for profit Sea of Solidarity in Lesvos, Greece
Danai Papchristopoulou, HIAS Greece
Alexine Casanovo Gaye, Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Service (IRIS), New Haven, CT
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