Notre Dame News | June 20, 2019
Each year on June 20, governments, humanitarian organizations, faith communities and individuals around the world pause to recognize the plight of the many millions of people who have been driven from their homes, and often their homelands, by war, disease, natural disaster, persecution or violence.
Today, as we mark World Refugee Day, the University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs stands in solidarity with the 70.8 million persons forcibly displaced around the world, including more than 25 million refugees, over half of whom are children. These are unprecedented figures — the largest in recorded history. Many of these people lack access to basic needs such as food, clean water, health care, education and freedom of movement.
Identifying and promoting solutions to this global migration and refugee crisis is a paramount focus of the Keough School as it launches a new chapter of scholarship and engagement in international policy issues. This new initiative engages distinguished policymakers and diplomats at the forefront of national and global migration debates. Our students are tracking the implementation of the United Nations’ Global Compact on Migration and conducting comparative field research on migration policies and practices on the U.S.-Mexico border and in Europe. Keough School faculty are undertaking research in African refugee camps and the Humanitarian Corridor in Italy, and partnering with academics and other thought leaders in Central America to understand more fully the causes of northern migration.
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