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Brookings – Who we really are: A conversation with Syrian refugees in America

February 19, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Who we really are: A conversation with Syrian refugees in America

Hosted by Brookings Institution

The Syrian crisis has cost the lives of nearly 250,000 people, displaced nearly half of the population, and sent 4.6 million Syrian refugees into neighboring countries. The United States has taken in approximately 2,500 Syrian refugees since 2011, and the Obama administration announced that it plans to admit an additional 10,000 refugees this year. As debates over refugee resettlement facts and figures continue within a polarized election cycle, a real need exists to better understand the lives and experiences of refugees.

On Friday February 19, the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World at Brookings will host a conversation with recent Syrian refugees on their experiences of forced migration, resettlement, and integration in the United States. Robert McKenzie, visiting fellow for the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World at Brookings, will provide introductory remarks, and Leon Wieseltier, the Isaiah Berlin Senior Fellow in Culture and Policy at Brookings, will moderate the conversation. Following the conversation, the panelists will take questions from the audience.

This event is the latest in a series of Foreign Policy at Brookings events focusing on the Syrian refugee crisis and the U.S. and international community’s response.

EVENT AGENDA

Introduction

Robert L. McKenzie

Visiting Fellow, Foreign Policy,Center for Middle East Policy,U.S. Relations with the Islamic World

Moderator

Leon Wieseltier

Isaiah Berlin Senior Fellow in Culture and Policy, Foreign Policy, Governance Studies

Featured speakers

Kassem Eid

Activist for Syria and Syrian refugees whose hometown is Damascus, Syria.

Mariela Shaker

Concert violinist whose hometown is Aleppo, Syria.

Qutaiba Idlbi

Activist for Syria, whose hometown is Damascus, Syria.

Taha Bali

Assistant in Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital whose hometown is Homs, Syria.

Details

Date:
February 19, 2016
Time:
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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Website:
http://www.brookings.edu/events/2016/02/19-syrian-refugees-america

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Brookings
Email:
communications@brookings.edu

Venue

Brookings Institution
Falk Auditorium 1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036 United States
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