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World Refugee Day 2017: Where We Are Globally and Locally

  • New America 740 15th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20005 United States (map)
Photo: Nicolas Economou /

Photo: Nicolas Economou /

In recognition of World Refugee Day, New America is hosting a 2-panel discussion on the global refugee situation. The first panel will provide a deeper look into the world's 21.3 million refugees and the vital role that America has played in providing support to front-line states that house the vast majority of the world's refugees. The panel will also delve into how refugees do not just come to America, but rather resettle in cities and become integral members of their communities. In places like Chicago and Houston, innovations are taking place at the local level to welcome and integrate refugees from around the world and the panel will explore some of these examples.

The second panel will discuss the role the Syrian American community in helping provide humanitarian aid to those affected by the Syria crisis. Since the Syrian uprising, Syrian Americans have come together and established a multitude of humanitarian organizations that have distributed hundreds of millions of dollars in aid for Syria and its neighbors. The Syrian American community offers some of the best sources for new and innovative ideas to help mitigate the baneful effects of the Syria crisis -- a crisis that poses vast and consequential challenges to Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey, as well as to American interests in the region. 

After the discussion all are welcome for Iftar, the traditional breaking of the fast at sunset, with Halal food provided by local Moroccan restuarant Mazagan. 

Event Details

  • Date: June 19, 2017

  • When: 6:30 - 9:00 PM

  • Where: New America, Suite 900