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Fleeing the Middle East and North Africa: European Border Crisis
Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - 6:30pm
Fleeing the Middle East and North Africa: European Border Crisis

Second Floor Gallery
College of Urban and Public Affairs
Portland State University
506 SW Mill St.

Free and Open to the Public

Synopsis

Individuals are fleeing the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in record numbers. Growing unrest, poverty, and oppression in this region drives people to seek a new way of life. The proximity to MENA and Europe’s relative economic stability has made it a desirable location for individuals fleeing nearby regions. Massive waves of individuals entering Europe’s borders has stressed country security and established backups of migrants seeking refuge within Europe. This panel will address the refugee crisis unfolding in the countries of the Middle East and North Africa and its impact on the neighboring countries and Europe.

Panelists

Prof. Birol Yesilada. Dr. Yesilada is a Professor of Political Science and Director of Middle East Studies Center and Center for Turkish Studies at Portland State University.

Dr. Peter Bechtold. Dr. Bechtold is an Adjunct Professor of Political Science and former director of Middle East Studies Center at Portland State University.

Dr. Lindsay Benstead. Dr. Benstead is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and expert on Lybia.

Jamie Surface is a doctoral candidate in the Public Affairs and Policy program at Portland State University. Her dissertation research focuses on refugee and migrant affairs in the European Union.

Co- Sponsors

Middle East Studies Center, Center for Turkish Studies, Department of Political Science, Department of Global and International Studies, Department of History and Conflict Resolution Department.