The focus of this talk will be a general understanding of refugee resettlement in historical perspective. Shyam K. Sriram, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor at the College of Charleston, will start with the origins of modern refugees in 1930s and 1940s Europe, the movement of people and their reception by various governments, and the 1951 United Nations Refugee Convention. The talk will then transition to Syria, the Arab Spring, the Syrian Civil War, and its effect on European migration. Concluding with a discussion of refugee resettlement in the United States and compare it to Germany.
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