Please join like-minded “global thinkers” for what will be a very lively discussion about both your or a friend’s immigrant experience and the global immigration policy. Due to the Delta-Variant, this will be an online zoom discussion. Hopefully, in the future, we will be able to return to an in-person discussion at the Shoal Creek Saloon.
Let’s think about the U.S. today– the cultural diversity that is reflected in our shared immigrant experience. Every one of this country’s citizens has an ancestor who came here from another part of the world. Whether it’s our families, friends, or even colleagues, we all have stories of someone who came here “yearning to breathe free.”
In the last few decades, the US immigration population has skyrocketed from 9% to 15%. It has also doubled in Germany and even tripled in Denmark. Last year there were 160,000 asylum claims in the U.S., a 240% increase from 2014. One common trend around the world today is the rise of populism and it is being fed by the exploitation of fear-of immigrants.
What does it mean to not just immigrate, but to be a refugee from another country? What does it mean to the citizens of the country that these refugees immigrate to? How are counties around the world, including the U.S., handling this crisis –accepting refugees?
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