Admission and Early Integration: Lessons for the United States Panel Discussion

15 November 2018 at 1:15pm
Copley Hall Copley Formal Lounge at Georgetown University

November 15, 2018
1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Copley Hall Copley Formal Lounge

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 policies 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.