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IIHA Spring Event Series: April Round-Up Part 2

This semester, the IIHA is organizing a series of events that focus on the very timely topic of “Challenges & Opportunities: Global Migration in the 21st Century.” With approximately 60 million people either forcibly displaced from their homes or migrating by choice, the current migration crisis presents a multi-faceted, global challenge. IIHA is promoting events focused on migration as well as hosting a series of events offering different perspectives on the crisis.

Below is a summary of the events that were promoted and hosted by IIHA in second part of April 2016. Check out “IIHA Spring Event Series: April Round-Up Part 1” for more event summaries.

 

  • April 15, 2016 | Refugees: From Liability to Opportunity with Kilian Kleinschmidt
    Hosted by: SWITxBOARD and The New School

Screen Shot 2016-04-25 at 4.00.57 PMGlobal networker and humanitarian expert Kilian Kleinschmidt spoke at The New School on how technology, innovation, and inclusion can reframe the discourse on refugees, current approaches to humanitarian relief, and refugee and migration management.

Following a 25 year UN career working in humanitarian relief in conflict areas around the world, Mr. Kleinschmidt founded the Innovation and Planning Agency (IPA) to foster the use of technology and sustainable management in refugee response and humanitarian relief. This approach emphasizes organized management of migration and treats refugees as agents with ambition. In his most recent role as UNHCR Field Manager and ‘mayor’ of Za’atari Refugee Camp in Jordan, he worked to transform the camp into an environment that cultivates livelihoods, supports local initiatives, and fosters community in what evolved into a self-determined city.

Mr. Kleinschmidt discussed his views on the IPA approach, the future of humanitarian relief, and the challenges facing the international system.

 

  • April 16, 2016 | SWITxBOARD and IPA USA Launch Party in Partnership With Techfugees
    Hosted by: SWITxBOARD

Founded by Kilian Kleinschmidt, the former ‘mayor’ of Za’atari Refugee Camp in Jordan following a 25+ year UN career, the Innovation & Planning Agency (IPA) matches technological, social, financial and spatial innovations with the needs, talents and skills of dispossessed populations in several service lines: Project Development, Incubator Hubs, Consulting, Social Design, Academy, and Ventures. At the core of IPA is SWITxBOARD, a digital platform to connect the world’s capacity with the wold’s needs. IPA is headquartered in Vienna, Austria.

Techfugees was created as a tech community response to the European refugee crisis, involving a network of concerned individuals and organizations. They act as the conduit to tech companies, investors, and NGOs – bridging the gap between the agility and innovation of tech sector to the expertise of NGO’s on the ground.

 

  • April 29, 2016 | “The Last Supper: The Plight of Christians in Arab Lands” with Klaus Wivel
    Hosted by: Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs

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Klaus Wivel is a Danish journalist and the New York correspondent for Weekendavisen, one of Denmark’s most prestigious newspapers. He has written on a wide range of topics and often focuses on Israel-Palestine and the Middle East. Alarmed by scant attention paid to the hardships endured by the 7.5 million Christians in the Middle East, journalist Wivel traveled to Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt, and the Palestinian territories on a quest to learn more about their fate. With the increase of religious violence in the past few years, Wivel’s book The Last Supper: The Plight of Christians in Arab Lands is a prescient and unsettling account of a severely beleaguered religious group living, so it seems, on borrowed time. Wivel asks: “Why have we not done more to protect these people?”

In his lecture to faculty, staff, and students of Fordham University, Wivel noted that in 1900, the population of Christians was approximately 10 percent but is currently 4 percent in some of the countries he visited. He cited the rise of extreme Islam and persecution of Christian minorities as main reasons why Christians are leaving the area. Despite these gradual yet considerable movements of people, Wivel highlighted the continuing lack of attention being drawn to the persecution of Christian in Arab Lands and the contributing factors such as security and competing religious and political interests. While there are no easy answers, Wivel suggested a multilateral coalition focusing on the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights and providing more humanitarian aid in the short-term to marginalized populations.

Fordham News recently featured an article on Wivel’s lecture, and coupled it with the closely related event, “Endangered: Religious Minorities in the Middle East and Their Struggle for Survival,” hosted by Fordham’s Center on Religion and Culture (CRC).

 

Charles Mario Russell gave a presentation on selected topics regarding immigration and asylum law. Mario Russell is the Director for Immigrant and Refugee Services (Senior Attorney) at Catholic Charities and an Adjunct Professor at St. John’s University Law. Mario Russell principally conducts and supervises federal administrative and U.S. Court of Appeals litigation for asylum seekers and immigrants. Mario has served as a consultant for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Hungary and Poland and has advised the National Commission on Migration in Thailand. Mario is a frequent lecturer and panelist on refugee and immigration law and litigation at national and regional conferences and trainings by organizations such as the New York Immigration Coalition and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

This event is part of an on going series of presentations in conjunction with the upcoming exhibition “What This Journey Breeds” in the Ildiko Butler Gallery, Lincoln Center Campus, May 31 to September 30, 2016.

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IIHA Spring Event Series: April Round-Up Part 1

This semester, the IIHA is organizing a series of events that focus on the very timely topic of Challenges & Opportunities: Global Migration in the 21st Century.” With approximately 60 million people either forcibly displaced from their homes or migrating by choice, the current migration crisis presents a multi-faceted, global challenge. The IIHA is promoting events focused on migration as well as hosting a series of events offering different perspectives on the crisis.

Below is a summary of the events that were promoted and hosted by the IIHA in first part of April 2016. Check back at the end of the month for “IIHA Spring Event Series: April Round-Up Part 2” for more event summaries.

  • April 5, 2016 | Documentary screening: Refugee Kids: One Small School takes on the World
    Hosted by: Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs

2016-04-05 18.59.46Refugee Kids: One Small School takes on the World is a short documentary that follows students at a New York City summer program organized by the International Rescue Committee for children seeking asylum from the world’s most volatile conflicts. The film presents an intimate, emotionally gripping account of the students’ stories of escaping war and conflict and resettling in America, chronicling their triumphs and setbacks as their lives unfold over the course of one formative summer. Refugee Kids humanizes complex geopolitics and depict the challenges and urgency of immigration to America in an increasingly dangerous – and interconnected – world.

The film screening was followed by a Q&A session hosted by the film’s directors, Renee Silverman and Peter Miller. The directors spoke about their decision to use the children’s illustrations as a medium through which they were able to communicate the difficult realities of their stories. In particular, the illustrations provided a glimpse through the eyes of children, while preserving the dignity and humanity of each child.

  • April 8-10, 2016 | Association of Pratical Theology Biennial Conference

Hosted by: Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education – Fordham University

The Association of Practical Theology at Fordham University hosted its 33rd biennial conference; the theme of the conference was “Live, Move, and Have Being: Migration and Pracitical Theology.” The conference addressed how “the life-altering dislocations and relocations of many kinds of migration move our world today” and “how might practical theology engage migration so as to foster the ability to ‘live, move, and have being’ (Acts 17:28)?” The conference program consisted of tours of the United Nation, research sessions, and even included a session at a tattoo parlor in the Bronx.

unnamedIn 2016 the International Forum traveled to Gothenburg, Sweden. The theme for the conference was “Change. Save. Sustain. In Partnership with Patients”. The International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare is one of the world’s largest gatherings of healthcare professionals committed to improving patient care and their safety.

IIHA Helen Hamlyn Senior Fellow, Alexander Van Tulleken, M.D. spoke on the keynote panel on Tuesday, April 13. The panel, entitled “Providing Best Healthcare During the European Refugee Crisis – Mobilising Health and Care Support Services” focused on sharing learning on delivering health services to the most vulnerable across the migration route. An analysis of the pan-European experience of access to healthcare for migrants and the challenges of meeting the needs of refugees and migrants arriving in Sweden was presented.

Watch the video of Dr. Van Tulleken’s panel on the International Forum’s website.

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With the Syrian conflict now in its fifth year, millions of people continue to be displaced. This film is the story of what happens next. By following two refugee families in transition and an aid worker fighting to keep the camp running, viewers will experience what it is like to live in Zaatari, the second largest refugee camp in the world. With no end in sight for the conflict or this refugee crisis, everyone must decide if they can rebuild their lives in a place that was never meant to be permanent.

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Headlining: Helen Hamlyn Senior Fellow

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In February 2016, we featured IIHA Helen Hamlyn Senior Fellow Dr. Alexander Van Tulleken’s article about the European Migration Crisis, which was written shortly after his return from filming the BBC One documentary, Frontline Doctors: Winter Migrant Crisis. Alex, along with his twin brother Chris, spent two weeks observing and visiting camps and clinics throughout Europe to better understand the medical problems that migrants face. Earlier this March, the IIHA held a screening of the film, and Fordham News recently posted an article about the documentary and Alex’s experience in the camps. Alex was also featured in articles in the Evening Standard, Telegraph, and The Guardian.

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IIHA Event Series Resources: Humanitarian Sector Response to the Migration Crisis

Christophe Lobry-Boulanger from the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) spoke at Fordham on Thursday, March 31, 2016 as part of IIHA’s Spring Event Series “Challenges & Opportunities: Global Migration in the 21st Century”. You can read more about his presentation on our blog.

Mr. Lobry-Boulanger has recommended the following reading for those that are interested in continuing the conversation:

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IIHA Spring Event Series: March 2016 Round Up

This semester, the IIHA is organizing a series of events that focus on the very timely topic of “Challenges & Opportunities: Global Migration in the 21st Century.” With approximately 60 million people either forcibly displaced from their homes or migrating by choice, the current migration crisis presents a multi-faceted, global challenge. IIHA is promoting events focused on migration as well as hosting a series of events offering different perspectives on the crisis.

Below is a summary of the events that were promoted and hosted by IIHA in March 2016.

This event spotlighted positive outcomes of including and encouraging youth production of media in formal and informal educational settings and will include a screening of Syrian youth-produced videos in Jordanian refugee camps. Jordi Torrent, Project Manager of the Media Literacy Programs of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), coordinated the conference with Lewis Freeman from Fordham University’s Department of Communication and Media Studies.

The conference provided an opportunity to showcase and discuss youth-produced media and the work of New York-based youth media organizations. The conference included screenings and discussion on Syrian youth-produced videos in Jordanian refugees camps, empowering youth through media production, PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival on Migration: Celebrating Diversity & Social Inclusion, inter-cultural dialogue & youth media production and a roundtable discussion with representatives of: Global Kids; Cartwheel Initiative; Texas A&M University-Media Rise; BYkids; Global Nomads Group Moderated by David W. Kleeman, Dubit Limited, and Children’s Media Association.

Salam Neighbor is a documentary on the Syrian refugee crisis and Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan. This is a critical moment, with more refugees today than anytime in the last century. In Syria alone, more than four million people have fled the country to escape the atrocities of war. Right now, we are at risk of losing a generation of youth, destabilizing the region, and perpetuating a cycle of violence and poverty. American filmmakers Zach Ingrasci and Chris Temple were the first filmmakers ever allowed by the United Nations to be given a tent and registered inside a refugee camp, they were able to get a never before seen look into the world’s most pressing crisis. Zach Ingrasci, Director/Producer of Salam Neighbor, discussed his experience last winter living alongside displaced families in the Za’atari refugee camp after the screening.

  • March 15, 2016 | Documentary screening: Frontline Doctors: Winter Migrant Crisis
    Hosted by: Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs

“Chris and Xand van Tulleken – doctors, part-time aid workers and twin brothers – want to see for themselves what conditions are like for migrants fleeing through Europe at the height of winter. Over two weeks in early January, Chris and Xand travelled to Lesbos in Greece, through the Balkans and on to Berlin and Calais to understand what’s being done on a medical and humanitarian level in response to the current refugee crisis. Spending time with medics, charities and volunteers in camps and clinics, at border crossings and transit points, they wanted to find out what the situation is like on the ground and, wherever possible, lend a hand during the biggest migration crisis of our times.” (BBC) Dr. Alex van Tulleken, IIHA Helen Hamlyn Senior Fellow, discussed his experience filming the documentary and answered questions after the screening. Watch the documentary on YouTube. You can read more about the documentary on Evening StandardBBC, TelegraphThe Guardian, and Fordham News.

Violence in Syria has displaced more than half of its population. More than 4.5 million refugees have fled into neighboring countries with an additional half a million making their way to Europe. What is the impact on Turkey? How can these refugees be protected?

Kemal Kirişci is the TÜSİAD senior fellow and director of the Center on the United States and Europe’s Turkey Project at Brookings Institution. Previously, Kirişci was a professor of international relations and held the Jean Monnet chair in European integration in the department of political science and international relations at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul.

Mr. Kirişci spoke on the migrant crisis and the ethical implications regarding it. Specifically, he emphasized:

  1. Syrian migrant crisis is not the only current migrant crisis
  2. The international community needs to do more in terms of burden sharing
  3. Safe zones should be created but currently require UN Security Council approval
  4. The recent European Union deal with Turkey, while not without it’s flaws, has a silver lining – it is meant to help refugees

View the webcast on Carnegie Council’s website.

  • March 31, 2016 | Humanitarian Sector Response to the Migration Crisis with Christophe Lobry-Boulanger
    Hosted by: Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs

Christophe Lobry-Boulanger began his lecture by explaining the structure of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and the role of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) within this movement. He then moved into an overview of the organization’s current operations around the world that are responding to the migration crisis. Using facts and figures about the positive impact that migration can have on host economies, Mr. Lobry-Boulanger encouraged attendees to think of the current migration situation as not only a crisis, but also an opportunity. Citing German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s words regarding Germany’s decision to take in over one million refugees: “wir brauchen sie” (we need them) and “wir können es schaffen” (we can do it), Mr. Lobry-Boulanger highlighted that not only is a positive response to the migration crisis possible, it is actually to the benefit of many countries involved.

Lobry-Boulanger has over 15 years of service with the International Red Cross and American Red Cross. After serving at the U.N. Department of Political Affairs, he developed the International Services Department at the Greater New York Chapter of the American Red Cross, with a strong focus on international humanitarian law. As a volunteer with the GNY Red Cross and as an international delegate, he has been deployed to Haiti, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Kenya to help provide humanitarian aid and assistance. For the past four years, he has served as an adviser at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Delegation to the United Nations, where he was responsible for the health file, among others. He has recently come back from West Africa, where he was the deputy head of Regional Ebola Response for the Red Cross Movement and various refugee-related missions in Europe.

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IIHA Spring Event Series: February 2016 Round Up

This semester, the IIHA is organizing a series of events that focus on the very timely topic of “Challenges & Opportunities: Global Migration in the 21st Century.” With approximately 60 million people either forcibly displaced from their homes or migrating by choice, the current migration crisis presents a multi-faceted, global challenge. IIHA is promoting events focused on migration as well as hosting a series of events offering different perspectives on the crisis.

Below is a summary of the events that were promoted by IIHA in February 2016.

Speaker: Eleanor Acer, Senior Director, Refugee Protection Program, Human Rights First Syrian refugees in Vienna

As the conflict in Syria rages on, an estimated 4 million refugees have fled the country. While many have moved to Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan for safety, an increasing number have made the perilous journey to Europe, which is struggling to cope with this unprecedented influx. Due to its geographic location, the United States has not felt the pressure of the Syrian refugee crisis like many of its allies. But the U.S. has an obligation to cooperate with the international community to address this mass movement of people. Eleanor Acer, Senior Director of the Refugee Protection Program at Human Rights First, will discuss the role the United States can play in this crisis.

As the director of Human Rights First’s Refugee Protection program, Eleanor Acer oversees Human Rights First’s pro bono representation program and advocacy on issues relating to refugee protection, asylum, and migrants’ rights. Under Eleanor’s leadership, Human Rights First partners with volunteer attorneys in the United States to obtain asylum for more than 90% of its refugee clients. Eleanor advocates, speaks and writes regularly on issues relating to the human rights of refugees and migrants, including legal representation, detention, U.S. asylum law and policy and protection from xenophobic and bias-motivated violence. She has authored numerous reports and articles, and has testified before the U.S. Congress.

The influx of refugees from the Middle East and Africa into Europe continues to rise. Bitter divisions among member states have jeopardized the Schengen Area of borderless travel within the EU. Populists are having a field day. Do we have a moral responsibility to help these migrants? How can we maximize the benefits of migration and minimize potentially negative impacts? This event featured Peter Sutherland, United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for International Migration, a position he has held since 2006. He was previously attorney general of Ireland.

Mr. Sutherland emphasized that the migrant crisis is a global problem and proximity cannot define responsibility. The international community must come together to produce rational solutions to the ongoing crisis. View the webcast on Carnegie Council’s website.

 

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IIHA Event: Documentary Screening of Refugee Kids: One Small School Takes On the World

For the next event in IIHA’s spring 2016 event series, Challenges & Opportunities: Global Migration in the 21st Century, IIHA will host a documentary screening of Refugee Kids: One Small School Takes On the World followed by Q&A with the film’s directors.

This short documentary follows students at a New York City summer program for children seeking asylum from the world’s most volatile conflicts. The film presents an intimate, emotionally gripping account of the students’ stories of escaping war and conflict and resettling in America, chronicling their triumphs and setbacks as their lives unfold over the course of one formative summer. Refugee Kids humanizes complex geopolitics and depict the challenges and urgency of immigration to America in an increasingly dangerous – and interconnected – world.

Light refreshments will be served.

  • Date & Time: Tuesday, April 5th at 6pm
  • Location: Fordham University | Room 902 | Lowenstein Building | 113 W. 60th Street, New York, NY 10023
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