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The director of the Utah Refugee Services Officehopes an upcoming volunteer orientation will result in many "beautiful matches" between volunteers and nonprofit organizations and government agencies that serve refugees in Utah.
The open house-style event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m Saturday, April 16, at the Utah Refugee Education and Training Center, 250 W. 3900 South. The center is located on Salt Lake Community College's Meadowbrook Campus.
The Pope arrives as numerous humanitarian organizations including MSF,Oxfam and Save the Children have condemned conditions in the camp and many have refused to support it or Greek authorities for creating what they say is a detention centre.
Just 48 hours before Pope Francis is expected to touch down on the Greek island of Lesbos, two men with a barrel of paint are busy whitewashing graffiti that says “no human is illegal” and “liberty and freedom” off the stone walls of the Moria detention facility. Four barefoot young boys wearing visibly dirty clothing sit atop the wall, leaning into the wire fence to watch the painters below. Above the curious boys, rings of sharp razor wire glisten in the morning sun.
Some 10 camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in northern Syria were abandoned as ISIS militants approached, The Guardian reported. Members of the militant group reportedly told residents of the camps to move to ISIS-controlled areas, but many headed towards the Turkish border instead.
amil stepped off a plane in Atlanta on Nov. 13, eager to begin a new life after fleeing Syria’s civil war.
Coming to the United States was the dream that sustained him through more than three years as a refugee. But the timing of his arrival could not have been worse: on the same day Jamil flew into Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Islamic State terrorists launched coordinated assaults in Paris that killed 130.
The backlash was immediate. Days after Jamil touched down in Atlanta, more than two dozen U.S. governors, including Georgia’s, were vowing to halt the resettlement of Syrians in their communities.
Jamil and other Syrian refugees in Georgia say that reaction is wrongheaded. The vetting process for refugees, they say, is so lengthy and exhaustive that true bad actors can find much easier ways to infiltrate the U.S.
The International Institute of Wisconsin (IIW), an organization dedicated to the promotion of international cooperation, understanding, and a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural perspective, will host its annual World Citizen Celebration dinner on Sat., April 30.
The event will be held at the Woman’s Club of Wisconsin, 813 E. Kilbourn Ave. in Milwaukee, with a reception and silent auction at 5:00 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m., and awards presentation at 8:00 p.m.
The 2016 event will salute those that have played a leadership role in shaping the IIW and its commitment to the local and global communities.
A two-day interdisciplinary conference called “Fight and Refugee: The European Crisis in Global Perspective” kicked off Tuesday with a talk with a panel of refugees currently living in Charlottesville.
Religious Studies Prof. Asher Biemann, director of the Center for German Studies — which hosted the event — said the goal of the panel was to listen to and learn from the refugee community.
Following welcoming addresses by Biemann, Art Prof. Francesca Fiorani and Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer, representatives from the International Rescue Committee — a co-sponsor of the event — discussed the European Crisis and its efforts to help refugees in Charlottesville.