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Syria and Refugee Resettlement in Vermont

March 24, 2016 @ 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Syria and Refugee Resettlement in Vermont

March 24, 2016

President Obama has called for the United States to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees. There has been vigorous discussion from politicians and pundits alike as to whether or not we should accept these refugees. Some governors have even said they will ignore orders from the federal government and turn refugees away.

In this event, we’ll explore what you need to know to think critically about Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States and in Northern Vermont.

What is a migrant? A refugee? An asylum seeker?
How many Syrians are coming to the United States — and why?
Will tightening how many refugees we accept help protect us from terrorism?
What is it like to be a refugee in the U.S.?

In the first Civic Series event in Burlington, VT, we’ll talk about the people of Syria – their history, their culture – and how refugee resettlement actually works in the United States. Amila Merdzanovic is the Director and Ashraf Alamatouri is the English Language Learning Coordinator at the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program. At this event, you will hear these two experts speak frankly about Syria and refugee resettlement in the United States and Vermont, and be able to ask your questions.
Amila Merdzanovic is the Director and Ashraf Alamatouri is the English Language Learning Coordinator at the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program. At this event, you will hear these two experts speak frankly about Syria and refugee resettlement in Northern Vermont.

Our two expert speakers:

Amila Merdzanovic came to Vermont in 1995 as a refugee from Bosnia and Herzegovina and is the first former refugee leading the USCRI Vermont field office. She brings over 10 years of experience working in refugee resettlement providing direct services, program management, and advocacy on behalf of refugees and asylees in Vermont. Most recently, she graduated from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University with a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy. She holds an undergraduate degree in International Relations from Mount Holyoke College. Her interests span across disciplines including forced migration, human rights, and conflict resolution. Amila is fluent in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian and has basic knowledge of Russian.

 

Ashraf

Ashraf Alamatouri is the English Language Learning Coordinator at VRRP/USCRI. He taught English at Kalamoon University and conducted teacher training courses in multiple regions in Syria. Previous to joining USCRI, Mr. Alamatouri was the Director of the Language Department at the International Center for Human Construction. Mr. Alamatouri is a Fulbright alumnus and holds a Master’s Degree in teaching English as a Foreign Language from Albath University as well as a Master’s Degree in Teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages from Saint Michael’s College. He holds a B.A in English Literature from Damascus University. He is currently a PhD Candidate in Educational Leadership at UVM.  He is a father for three kids Ryan, Adam and Naya. He likes to play music and to cook in his free time.

Details

Date:
March 24, 2016
Time:
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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Venue

The O’Brien Community Center
32 Malletts Bay Ave
Winooski,Vermont05404United States

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