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Flashpoints: The Migration Crisis: Europe, the Middle East and the NGO Community

November 2, 2015 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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The immigration crisis in Europe continues to intensify. Some European countries have welcomed the refugees while others have closed their borders. At the same time, the conflicts driving the massive exodus go on unabated. Amidst the huge humanitarian challenges on the ground, non-governmental organizations work alongside IGOs and governments to ease the refugees’ plight and assist local governments. This panel will explore the immigration crisis from a European, a Middle Eastern and an NGO perspective.




Verónica Hoyo, Ph.D.

Dr. Hoyo received her Ph.D. from UCSD, and her research focuses on immigration, nationalism, and citizenship issues in Europe and Latin America. In 2013-2014, she was Visiting Fellow at the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies (CCIS), UCSD. She currently is a lecturer at San Diego Mesa College.





Michael Provence, Ph.D.

Michael Provence is Associate Professor, Department of History, University of California, San Diego. He earned a Ph.D. in Modern Middle Eastern History from the University of Chicago under the direction of Rashid Khalidi in 2001. He has lived and studied in Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, and Turkey. He is the author of the book, The Great Syrian Revolt, recently published and widely reviewed in Arabic, and many articles on the late Ottoman and colonial Middle East of the early 20th century.





Walter Lam, President & CEO, Alliance for African Assistance

Walter Lam was born and raised in northern Uganda. After high school graduation he fled political persecution to Kenya and went to Egerton University where he in graduated in Agricultural Engineering. He returned to Uganda in 1981. In 1986, he again fled political persecution to Kenya and by the end of the year he found himself in San Diego. In 1989, he founded the Alliance for African Assistance with the purpose of helping fellow refugees from Africa. Over the past 20 years the Alliance has greatly expanded to serving thousands of refugees from all over the world.


Moderator: Mary M. McKenzie, Ph.D.

Mary M. McKenzie is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of San Diego. She teaches European Politics, International Organization, and serves as the Model UN advisor.


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