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2nd Tripartite Roundtable, Luxembourg, 10 November 2014 [info]
- Registration deadline is 10 October 2014.
RFP: Production of a Video Series on Syrian Refugees in Western Europe [info]
- The closing date for submissions is 15 October 2014.
Regional Statelessness Course: Middle East and North Africa, Istanbul, 8-12 December 2014 [info]
- Registration deadline is 29 October 2014.
2014 International Metropolis Conference, Milan, 3-7 November 2014 [info]
- Registration is ongoing.
Onward Migration Project [info]
- "Our feedback events will take place in the first week of November 2014 in four different cities: Cardiff, Glasgow, London and Manchester."
U.C. Hastings Refugee and Human Rights Clinical Teaching Fellowship [info]
- Applications are due 1 November 2014.
Call for SciDev.Net Columnist: Migrants, Refugees and Science [info]
- Apply by 3 November 2014.
Protecting People on the Move in the Context of Disasters and Climate Change, Sydney, 4 November 2014 [info]
Annual Harrell-Bond Lecture, Oxford, 5 November 2014 [info]
- This year's lecture is entitled "Displacement and Integration in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan: A Century Later.
"Connecting Communities, Saving Lives," CCR Fall Consultation, Gatineau, 27-29 November 2014 [info]
- Register by 7 November 2014 for reduced fees.
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Recently, the Argus Leader published an article about befriending refugees in which you met two of our refugee mentors. We wanted to share another of our mentor’s experience with you. As the Hansons had such a great story, we decided to split the story in two. Come back next week for the second half of their story!
Paul and Lara Hanson, along with their son Elliot, began their journey of becoming mentors last year when they applied to mentor a refugee family with the Center for New Americans. A mentor commits to befriending a new refugee family for 6 months and visiting them for an hour or two each week to do different activities. Sometimes it may be practicing English or going to a park. Or it could be something as simple as sharing food together. By visiting regularly, it helps the new family adjust to living in the US, which sometimes is VERY different than where they came from. The Hansons met their first family back in January—a Bhutanese family of three.
As volunteer coordinator, I am lucky enough to get to match potential mentors with new refugee families, but I’m always interested in learning what motivates them in the beginning. Paul and Lara both expressed difficulty in trying to fit in volunteering with full time jobs (Lara is an ELL teacher and Paul works at a bank) as well as spending time together as a family. “Mentoring is something we can do all together. We don’t have to sacrifice family time when we mentor,” said Lara. She first had the idea of working with refugees since she works with many refugee children at school. She thought it would be a great way to help the families of the kids she sees daily. Paul was also excited about working with refugees. He sees it as a great way to teach their son about diversity. Paul laments the lack of diversity he grew up with, “I wasn’t exposed to that, growing up on a farm in rural South Dakota, and I want Elliot to learn about different cultures.”
The initial meeting between mentor and family can be a little uncomfortable, but Paul and Lara have assured me that it gets easier each time. During the initial meeting, the mentor, family, LSS staff and an interpreter all meet in the family’s home for introductions and to talk about the mentoring relationship. Lara and Paul both expressed that the first meeting is always kind of quiet and awkward but that fades as the relationship grows. At the first meeting with their first family, they had tea and talked about some activities to do together. The first meeting with the second family was a little more exciting. Lara got the chance to greet the family directly off the plane. She got to see their first moments in Sioux Falls. “I was just amazed at how trusting they were. They met complete strangers and got into cars trusting that we were there to help.” Paul feels he understands the process of resettlement better now, having seen it from the beginning. “We feel more useful, in that we can provide connections and show them around Sioux Falls. Our first family had already been in the US for a couple months before we were matched and had already learned a little about Sioux Falls.”
One of the connections Paul and Lara helped them make was getting the Kamanyires in touch with a local church. Paul and Lara took Jonathan and Maria, the parents, to meet the deacon, who in turn found other church members to help bring them to worship each week. Paul is proud that this one small connection will allow the Kamanyires connections into the larger community. “It was so simple but it is making such a difference in their lives.”
Learn more on how the Hanson’s and Kamanyire’s spend their time together next week!
Written by Kristyne Walth
Is filth in the guise of life,
A waste of the energy of the damned;
Where hope is acid burning into reality –
Isolated crowds of thoughts
Battering your brain into the pulp of despair
Silent screams wrenching free of your body
Like the daunted ghosts of everything that never was
Afraid to be heard
While your mind is just a nuisance
Mangled in the agony that is
We struggle on, thank goodness, all shapes and sizes,
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Iran Says Its Under Attack by ISIS
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Glasgow Girl helps secure asylum seeker student funding
One of the Glasgow Girls has helped secure funding from Strathclyde University to allow asylum seekers to study. Roza Salih, has helped to obtain scholarship funding for three places. She was one of seven Glasgow schoolgirls who campaigned against ...
Strathclyde bursary scheme for asylum seekersHerald Scotland
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12 Ways Neo-Racists Deny Responsibility for Slavery and How to Respond
Atlanta Black Star
“Get over it” is a statement used to dismiss or minimize the negative impact the Trans-Atlantic slave trade — the largest (15 million-60 million) forced-migration of human beings in history — had on Black people. It assumes the racism upon which the ...
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Althought Vice Ambassador Deek addresses the Palestinians at about 10:30 on the clip, what he has to say of the middle east and its migrations sets the stage for that.
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The Zaatari Refugee Camp near Mafraq in northern Jordan is home to a majority women and children. As the youngest of displaced Syrians increase in number and grow up as refugees, the question of education and the larger one of quality of youthful life are at the forefront of many logistical and development questions within a camp’s facilitators.
Children can be found around every corner, tent and container in Zaatari. International and nongovernmental organizations have worked to build playgrounds for the children and a gym for older youth. Many can be found playing there, and just as many others can be found making toys of wheelbarrows, working on tasks around the camp to bring in extra money for their family, and running up and down the main market street.
Even with three schools educating up to 15,000 students, Zaatari faces an issue of attendance and, ultimately, motivation. While largely applicable to the older youth, the struggle within the education system reaches to as young as first and second grade, stemming from the fact that the education in the camp “isn’t the same” as in Syria. A fact of differentiating norms and new realities–coupled with early anticipations of Zaatari being a finite temporary stay–that heavily impacted the camp as a whole for the first year and a half, the sentiment maintains remnants amongst its youngest residents.
As one teacher in Zaatari explained, “the quality of the education is not that good.” He explained the reason being that classes are taught by Jordanian educators, with Syrian teachers serving a secondary role, teaching usually only if the Jordanian teacher is absent.
“This is the issue,” the teacher explained. “They don’t let the Syrian teacher interact with his students, as he’s supposed to.”
One result, as explained by the teacher, is that many a student is unable to write his or her own name at the end of first or second grade.
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty: In western Ukraine, attitudes cooling toward ...
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty: In western Ukraine, attitudes cooling toward internally displaced persons. Print version. Oct. 9, 2014, 7:52 p.m. | Ukraine abroad — by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. A couple lay on beds in a tent in a transit camp ...
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“By getting involved with refugees at any level, a student can not only help change a life here in America, but it might just save their own.” – Faith Nibbs
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