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Studying European approaches to integrating refugees into the labor force: an interview with Fulbright-Schuman Recipient Narintohn Luangrath

Every year since 1990 the United States (U.S.) State Department and the Directorat General for Education and Culture of the European Commission have jointly funded an average of twenty Fulbright-Schuman grants to support graduate and post-graduate study, research, and lecture proposals in the field of U.S.-EU relations, EU policy, or EU institutions. The program, administered by the Commission for Educational Exchange between the United States and Belgium, … Continue reading Studying European approaches to integrating refugees into the labor force: an interview with Fulbright-Schuman Recipient Narintohn Luangrath

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Providing a house is not the same as providing a home: an interview with PRM Refugee Coordinator Sam Healy

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On September 12-13, 2016, the United States Mission to the European Union (USEU) sponsored and helped organize the “Social Innovation for Refugee Inclusion” conference in Brussels, along with the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE), the Council of Europe, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the Canadian Mission to the European Union. In a number of speeches, panels, and workshops, the conference participants discussed the important next step in resolving the refugee crisis that Europe is trying to manage: integrating them into our societies.

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Sam Healy, PRM’s Refugee Coordinator at the U.S.Embassy in Belgrade (Source: USEU)

Members of the U.S. government played important roles during the conference. Chargé d’Affaires Adam Shub delivered a welcome address and two members of the U.S. State Department Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migrants (PRM) presented case studies during the workshops. PRM’s Domestic Resettlement Section Chief Barbara Day’s workshop was titled “From Solidarity to Political Change,” and PRM’s Refugee Coordinator at the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade, Sam Healy, took part in a workshop titled “Housing Crisis vs. Refugee Crisis.”

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World Refugee Day: Turning Tragedy into Opportunity

By Oriana Luquetta, Pickering Fellow at the Department of Public Affairs at the United States Mission to the European Union

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Every day, the world is confronted with gut wrenching images of refugees trying to make it to Europe by crossing the Mediterranean in makeshift boats and rafts. In the first half of 2016 alone, more than 2,500 refugees have been reported dead or missing trying to make the perilous journey.[1] Others remain in refugee camps in countries such as Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon. The UN estimates that currently some 65.3 million people worldwide are forcibly displaced, of whom 21.3 million are considered refugees [2]. Over half of all refugees come from just three war torn countries: Syria, Somalia and Afghanistan. Refugees worldwide share important characteristics – they all have been seperated from homes, families, and communities. They all have experienced loss and face uncertain futures. And they all look to the rest of the world, for support, for hope.

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USAID Hosted Young EU Professionals to Discuss Development and Humanitarian Issues

by Marc Ellingstad, USAID Counselor of Mission for International Development at the U.S. Mission to the European Union and Lev Turner, USAID Advisor for Food Security and Humanitarian Assistance at the U.S. Mission to the European Union Collectively, the EU (along with its member states) and the U.S. provide about 80% of official development assistance, thus coordination for the benefit of our development partners is critical. … Continue reading USAID Hosted Young EU Professionals to Discuss Development and Humanitarian Issues

Transatlantic Partners Raise Awareness of Regional Impact of CAR Crisis

The crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR) is little known, at least compared with other more high-profile humanitarian crises such as Syria. But the impact of the crisis for the people of that country and the potential negative effects across what is still a fragile region have been profound. As of October 2014, more than 425,000 people have fled CAR. They have suffered from intense violence and shocking levels of malnutrition during their long and treacherous journey to find refuge.

Margaret McKelvey, Director of the Office of Humanitarian Assistance to Africa in the Stae Department's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, speaks at Brussels roundtable on the regional effects of the crisis in the Central African Republic. Photo: USEU
Margaret McKelvey, Director of the Office of Humanitarian Assistance to Africa in the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, speaks at Brussels roundtable on the regional effects of the crisis in the Central African Republic. Photo: USEU

The European Union, under the leadership of former ECHO Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva, has been in the fore the past two years in calling attention to the CAR crisis. The United States is the largest humanitarian donor in the region, providing nearly $150 million inside CAR and for CAR refugees in neighboring countries. Therefore, it is only fitting that USEU together with EU partners and UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) should have joined forces recently to raise awareness of the regional dimensions of this crisis. Continue reading “Transatlantic Partners Raise Awareness of Regional Impact of CAR Crisis”