Global Studies Forum Addresses Increased Immigration and Forced Migration

An upcoming forum will explore the causes, consequences and responses to the increased number of forced migration and refugee movements globally.

Georgia State University’s Global Studies Institute will host the forum, Emerging Global Issues Forum on Forced Migration, Immigration and Security on March 30, 2017.

“In the global city of Atlanta, we have a unique opportunity to study the causes, consequences and responses to significant and rapid increases in forced migration and immigration more broadly,” said Tony Lemieux, director of the Global Studies Institute. “For us, this is not solely an abstract exercise, but rather one that has deep significance for our city, our economy and our university. The forum brings together a wonderfully diverse group, including members of the community, researchers, policy-makers, practitioners and students; jointly motivated to broaden their perspectives, to find ways to work together and to make a difference.”Military tent camp

Atlanta is recognized as hosting the second-largest foreign-born population in the United States, with more than 3,000 refugees finding solace in Georgia every year. Although there have been a number of local and national programs created to assist immigrants with integrating into society, social and economic disparities continue to impact this group, according to statistics from the Global Studies Institute. The Emerging Global Issues Forum seeks to address this problem directly.

The forum will feature discussions on the benefits and challenges of refugees across borders, national security and the protection of migrants’ civil rights, effective responses to the issue and ultimately the driving cause of forced migration and immigration more generally. Featured panelists and keynote speakers include: Cecile Riallant, head of the United Nations Joint Migration and Development Initiative; Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry; Ambassador Haris Lalacos; the Honorable Anne C. Richard, former Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration; Javier Diaz de Leon, Consul General of Mexico in Atlanta; Lucas Guttentag, founder and former national director of the ACLU Immigrant’s Rights Project; and Heval Kelli, Georgia State alumnus, Emory University Katz Fellow and former Syrian refugee.

For more information about the Emerging Global Issues Forum and for a complete list of speakers, please click here.