UNSC to Discuss Syrian Refugee Crisis
On 1 October, 4 p.m., the United Nations Student Club (UNSC) will hold a workshop on the Syrian refugee crisis at VMU Building No. 3 (52 K. Donelaičio Street, Room 404).
Four years after the start of the Syrian civil war, over 220,000 people have been killed. The UN estimates that 7.6 million people are internally displaced and that there could be as many as 4.27 million refugees by the end of 2015 – the worst exodus since the Rwandan genocide 20 years ago.
More than half of all Syrian refugees are under the age of 18. Millions have been forced to quit school.
Over 4 million of the refugees have fled to Syria’s immediate neighbors, Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, and Iraq. The overwhelming numbers have spilled into Europe, expanding the crisis far beyond the borders of its original outbreak. With the crisis reaching Europe’s doorstep, European leaders are now faced with the difficult task of resettlement.
The discussion will focus on the effects of the Syrian war and the possible resolutions for the ever expanding refugee crisis.
- Raul Cazan, an environmental journalist and development researcher, will discuss the role global climate change played in the Syrian civil war and refugee crisis.
- Milda Ališauskienė, head of the department of sociology at VDU, will discuss the sociological aspects of the refugee crisis, in terms of assimilation into European countries, stereotypes, racism, and how it affects the integration process.
- Third speaker is TBD.
“We hope you will join us at this very important event and offer your questions and opinions about the greatest human rights disaster of our time”, the organizers say.