Fodei Batty, assistant professor of political science at Quinnipiac University, and Chris George, executive director of Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS).

Two experts will discuss the current status of refugees around the world during a panel discussion from 12:30-2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 16, in the Carl Hansen Student Center, Room 225, at Quinnipiac University, 275 Mount Carmel Ave.

Fodei Batty, assistant professor of political science at Quinnipiac, and Chris George, executive director of Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS), will share their perspectives on the current refugee crisis in Europe and relate it to the historical instances of immigration to the United States. Raya Alwasiti, administrative assistant in the Department for Cultural and Global Engagement at Quinnipiac, will share her experience coming to the United States through IRIS.

IRIS, a program of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, is the local affiliate of Episcopal Migration Ministries and the Immigration and Refugee Program of Church World Service. IRIS resettles approximately 200 refugees each year and also provides some services to those seeking asylum and other immigrants. Currently, IRIS’ refugee clients come from Afghanistan, Congo, Cuba, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iran, Iraq, Sudan and other countries.

This event, which is part of Quinnipiac’s celebration of International Education Week, is free and open to the public. For more information, call 203-582-8652.

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