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Panel Discussion: Refugees, Migrants and History

Location: Miller Center 105

Please join the history faculty for a panel discussion that will place current patterns of migration into a larger historical context.  We will examine how present-day migration and the political and social reactions compare to earlier examples and what we can learn from them.  Questions from the audience are welcome.

According to the United Nations Refugee Agency, the number of refugees fleeing war or persecution exceeded fifty million in 2013, the highest number since the Second World War. That number has since grown. Refugee camps in places like Pakistan, Jordan, Lebanon, Kenya, and Thailand contain millions of occupants. This excludes the millions of additional migrants leaving behind poverty and economic despair. Controlling migration, stopping it altogether, and assimilating those allowed in have become controversial issues in the domestic politics of countries like the United States and Australia. In Europe migration from Syria and North Africa has created a policy crisis that is testing the European Union. Every day, it seems, migration is in the news.

Please join the history faculty for a panel discussion that will place current patterns of migration into a larger historical context.  We will examine how present-day migration and the political and social reactions compare to earlier examples and what we can learn from them.  Questions from the audience are welcome.

Free and open to the public