UNK’s Political Science Department plans fireside chat on refugee crisis | Local News

Kearney – Should the United States address the international refugee crisis, and if so, how should the United States act?

This is the question that will be addressed at 12:20 PM – 1:10 PM Friday in a fireside chat organized by the Department of Political Science at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Facilitators will be Professors Satoshi Machida and Chuck Rowling, and the event will be in Copeland Hall, Room 230 or via Zoom at unk.zoom.us/j/92803881221 Meeting ID: 928 0388 1221. Individuals who attend in person are strongly encouraged to wear masks.

With the fall of the Afghan government, many Afghan citizens fled the country and came to the United States as refugees. However, Afghanistan is just one example among the many places where thousands of people are fleeing their homes to seek refuge in other countries.

There are currently more than 82 million refugees within the international system, the highest number in world history.

Should the United States play a central role in this effort? At the local level, what are some of the challenges/opportunities that refugees within the United States create? What can we do to help them settle in the United States? Said William Aviles, a UNK professor who helps organize the refugee discussion

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