On June 20, communities across the globe will be commemorating World Refugee Day by showcasing the strength, courage and resilience of millions of refugees and internally displaced persons who have been forced to flee their homes due to war, conflict and persecution. This briefing is an opportunity to learn about and celebrate the achievements of refugees and discuss the challenges that still exist, domestically and abroad.
LIRS invites you to join participants of the Migrant and Refugee Leadership Academy and experts who will discuss the latest research findings on the integration of refugees, particularly their contributions to the U.S. workforce and society from the perspective of refugees and employers. They will also highlight how the reduction of refugee admissions and proposed policy changes on public charge rules have impacted local communities. The dialogue will shed light on the current policy debate taking place which seeks to implement a skills-based admission immigration system.
For 80 years, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) has been a champion for migrants and refugees from around the globe. Our legacy of courageous and compassionate service has made a difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of people who have sought safety and hope in America’s communities.
Moderator: Meron Daniel, Alumnus of the LIRS Migrant and Refugee Leadership Academy and Economic Empowerment Coordinator, Inspiritus Speakers: Kay Bellor, Vice-President for Programs, LIRS; Hamutal Bernstein, Senior Research Associate, Urban Institute; David Dyssegaard Kallick, Deputy Director & Director of Immigration Research, Fiscal Policy Institute; Bandak Lul, Alumnus of the LIRS Migrant and Refugee Leadership Academy and Research Project Coordinator, Arizona State University; Matthew Reynolds, Regional Representative, UNHCR