Dr. Udo Fluck
"Refugee Crisis in Europe - 20 Million People Looking for a Safe Home"
January 6th and 13th, 2016 9:30-10:30 am
This two day event will include a pre-recorded video for students to watch before the first video conference. The live connections will be spent discussing the refugee crisis. After the first interactive video conference, students will be asked to complete a short assignment in preparation for the second interactive video conference.
The European migrant and refugee crisis arose during recent weeks through the rising number of refugees and migrants coming to the European Union, across the Mediterranean Sea or Southeast Europe, and applying for asylum. They come from areas such as the Middle East (Syria, Iraq), Africa (Eritrea, Nigeria, Somalia, Sudan, Gambia), South Asia and Central Asia (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh), and the Western Balkans (Kosovo, Albania).
The phrase "European migrant crisis" became widely used when five boats carrying almost two thousand migrants to Europe sank in the Mediterranean Sea, with a combined death toll estimated at more than 1,200 people.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said publicly that Germany is ready to welcome the estimated 800,000 refugees who will arrive this year (although unofficial estimates have now climbed to as many as 1.5 million people).
The presentation by cross-cultural researcher Dr. Udo Fluck will discuss in greater detail what this means to Europe’s economy, the housing market, education and for the refugees from the individual cultures.