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French Embassy – French Series – The Syrian Crisis: Migration and Refugee Challenges

June 14, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Syrian Crisis: Migration and Refugee Challenges

The Syrian crisis, raging since March 2011, has resulted in more than 100,000 casualties and the displacement of millions of Syrians. The intensification of fighting has generated a constant flow of displaced people and refugees into neighboring countries, Europe and western countries. These populations find themselves without any means of survival and no longer have access to health facilities.

Taking advantage of the visit of the Director general of Doctors of the World in Turkey, Mr. Hakan Bilgin, the French Embassy is pleased to invite you to our next French Series panel discussion event to discuss the situation of migrants and refugees, from Syria or elsewhere through Turkey or transiting countries until their settlement in western countries.

The panel discussion will be moderated by:

Arshad Mohammed, Diplomatic Correspondent for Reuters


Hakan Bilgin, President of Doctors of the World Turkey

Gideon Maltz, Executive Director of the TENT Foundation

Leila Hilal, Senior Fellow at The New America Foundation

Audrey Singer, Senior Fellow at the Urban Institute’s Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center


Program of the evening:

6pm: Welcoming remarks by Benoit Cormier, Deputy Press Counselor of the French Embassy

6:05pm: Keynote speech by Joël Weiler, Executive Director and former Director for humanitarian emergencies at Doctors of the World

6:15 – 7:15pm: Panel discussion

7:15 – 7:45pm: Q&A session

7:45 – 9:00pm: Cocktail reception


Frequently Asked Questions:

1) When do the doors open at the Embassy?

The doors for this event will open at 5:30 p.m.

2) What do I need to enter the Embassy?

You will need a valid photo ID

3) Can I park in the Embassy parking lot?

Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate visitors in the Embassy parking lot. However, there is substantial space to park on the Embassy’s street, Reservoir Road, as well a available parking across the street at Georgetown Hospital.

4) Are there any items that are not allowed at the Embassy?

Yes. Please be advised that for security reasons, Embassy staff and security services cannot allow large bags or backpacks to be brought onto Embassy grounds. Any large bags will be confiscated at the entrance gate before the owner can be granted entry.


June 14, 2017
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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