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World in View: Greece’s Refugee Crisis, Part II: Xenophobia

  • Thursday, April 8, 2021
  • 11:00 AM- 12:00 PM
  • Zoom link will be provided

A World in View discussion led by Dr. Russell Frank (Penn State) and Dr. Eleni Hodolidou (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)

About a million people fleeing war, violence and upheaval in the Middle East and Africa entered Greece in the past decade. Most did not intend to stay. Their plan was to use Greece to gain entry to the European Union. The goal was to continue on to northern Europe, where the jobs were. But Europe got nervous about large numbers of non-Europeans entering their lands all at once. One by one, Greece’s neighbors closed their borders and the refugees got trapped in a country where a quarter of the workforce was unemployed. Camps that were meant to accommodate people for a few weeks became semi-permanent homes. In Part II of this presentation, Drs. Frank and Hodolidou will discuss their own involvement as researchers and, in Dr. Hodolidou’s case, educator, and offer reasons why we should know about and care about events happening 5,000 miles away from Happy Valley.

Russell Frank is Associate Professor of Communications in the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications at Penn State. Dr. Eleni Hodolidou is Associate Professor in the Department Education, Faculty of Philosophy at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece).

Please note: Registration for events in this series is required and, given the topics and speakers, we anticipate interest to be high. For this reason, each event is limited to 25 students and early registration is strongly encouraged. Schreyer Scholar participants will receive a complimentary electronic gift card; we ask that you stay for the full hour to be eligible.

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Sarah Lyall-Combs
Schreyer Scholar Jonathan McKellar

It’s through Schreyer that I found my business fraternity. I’ve found so many different people who have been great friends, but who have also helped me network professionally.

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