19 October 2017

Immigration Policies and MN Communities

Refugees and immigrants from a variety of countries have settled in Minnesota. An upcoming event at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs explores the impact of immigration on both the immigrants themselves and the communities they now call home.

Guest: Eric Schwartz, President of Refugees International


  • Part 1 – 13:37

    There are approximately 65 million refugees and internally displaced persons in the world today. The traditional definition of a refugee, Schwartz says, is a person at risk of persecution based on race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a social group; but, he adds, “In recent years, the practical definition of the word refugee has been expanded to include, beyond those victims of persecution, to people who are fleeing conflict.”

  • Part 2 – 12:17

    Minnesota has played a critical role in demonstrating how a community can integrate and accept refugees, says Schwartz.

    Eric Schwartz will be the keynote speaker at the event, “Migration, Immigration, and Refugees: From Global Policy to Minnesota Realities,” taking place 10/30/17 at 3:30 at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. More information can be found at: events.umn.edu