The European Refugee and Migrant Crisis

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Published on Oct 6, 2015

Staggering numbers of refugees and migrants are flooding into Europe, fleeing war and political instability and seeking safe haven and economic opportunity. They are risking their lives on perilous journeys into an uncertain future. Who are the refugees and migrants, and what forces are driving them from their homes? What will it take to meet their urgent and immediate needs for food and shelter, and what will be the long-term economic impact of the migration on the cities and countries where the displaced ultimately settle? To understand this crisis, and accompanying public health challenges, this Forum brought together experts in human rights, international relations, and humanitarian response.

Presented October 6, 2015 in collaboration with PRI’s The World & WGBH.

Since the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, last year, the U.S. has seen the growth of a new social movement that has focused national attention on policing tactics, criminal justice, and the continued health and social inequalities confronting black Americans today. Legislation that would require states to notify the U.S. Justice Department of all police shootings, fatal and non-fatal, has been introduced. President Obama made an historic visit to a federal prison to draw attention to the need for criminal justice reform. This Forum explored these efforts and other policy shifts over the past year, looking at what has — or has not — occurred in addressing these serious problems facing black Americans in today’s policing policies, the operation of the criminal justice system, and the continued presence of inequitable health and social conditions.

This discussion built upon a February 2015 Forum production that examined the intersection of race with policing practices, neighborhood environments, educational and employment opportunities, and other factors that impact health. We reconvened that panel of public health, social justice and legal experts to further explore their recommendations and the ongoing challenges of creating policy change.

This event was presented October 1, 2015 in Collaboration with PRI’s The World & WGBH.

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