Nationalism, Refugee Protection, and Migration Policy

May 2, 2018
2:00PM – 4:00PM
Church Center
777 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017

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Nationalism, Refugee Protection, and Migration Policy

Event Date and Time May 2, 2018 2:00 pm
Event Ends May 2, 2018 4:00 pm
Venue Church Center

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The Center for Migration Studies hosted the event “Nationalism, Refugee Protection, and Migration Policy,” a side event to the interfaith conference, “Sharing the Journey of Migrants and Refugees: An Interfaith Perspective on the Global Compacts.” This side event covered what diverse faith traditions teach on nationalism and national identity, as it relates to refugee protection, migration policy, and immigrant integration. Many religions have clear moral teaching on the treatment of refugees and migrants. Yet they have not spoken as clearly on rising nationalist movements that impede the just treatment of displaced persons. This panel – comprised of diverse faith leaders and scholars – discussed how religious teaching on these issues can promote more cooperative and generous responses to refugees and migrants, inform the global compacts on refugees and migration, and ensure that the compacts live up to their promise and potential.

Speakers included:

  • Moderator: Donald Kerwin, Executive Director, Center for Migration Studies
  • Hon. Judge Mohamad Abou Zeid, Senior Judge in the Family Court of Saida/Lebanon
  • Silas Allard, Associate Director of the Center for Law and Religion and Harold J. Berman Senior Fellow in Law and Religion, Emory University School of Law
  • Most Rev. Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn
  • Rabbi Felicia L. Sol, B’nai Jeshurun