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The European Migration Crisis

November 17, 2015 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The European Migration Crisis

November 17, 2015

According to the International Organization for Migration, almost 600,000 migrants have arrived in Europe via the Mediterranean Sea this year alone, which is only one of the paths that migrants travel to Europe. Resettlement of these migrants has sparked tension in many European countries, causing the urgent need to evaluate current policies in order to accommodate these large numbers of people.

  • What is a migrant?
  • A refugee?
  • An asylum seeker?
  • Where are these migrants coming from?
  • Why are they going to the EU?
  • How have the conflicting domestic and EU level policies helped create the current crisis in managing those flows?
  • What are some of the structural and immediate causes of the current refugee crisis?

Join us for a discussion about these questions and more!


Professor Noora Lori’s research broadly focuses on the political economy of migration, the development of security institutions and international migration control, and the establishment and growth of national identity

systems. She is particularly interested in the study of temporary worker programs and racial hierarchies in comparative perspective.

Regionally, her work examines the shifting population movements accompanying state formation in the Persian Gulf, expanding the study of Middle East politics to include historic and new connections with East Africa and the Indian subcontinent.

Lori’s current book project examines the development and enforcement of citizenship and immigration policies in the United Arab Emirates, where non-citizens comprise 96 percent of the domestic labor force. This work is based on her dissertation, which was awarded the Best Dissertation Award by the Migration and Citizenship section of the American Political Science Association in 2014.

Prior to joining the faculty of the Pardee School of Global Studies, Professor Lori was an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. She used to co-run the Human Trafficking workshop at the Carr Center for Human Rights at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She was also a pre-doctoral fellow at the International Security Program and the Dubai Initiative of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She has previously taught at the Dubai School of Government where she was an adjunct faculty member and visiting scholar, and at the University of Cambridge for the Heritage Summers program. Her research has been funded by the ACLS/Mellon Foundation and the ZEIT-Stiftung “Settling into Motion” Fellowship.

Professor Kaija Schilde’s research interests involve European and transatlantic security, the political economy of defense and security markets and industries, EU lobbies and interest groups, and the role of private nonstate actors in national and international security. Her book manuscript, Embedded in Brussels: the Political Economy of European Security, is an investigation of the relationship between EU institutions and interest groups, with a focus on security and defense interests, including the formation of EU internal and external security policies such as Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) and immigration and border security. Her other research investigates the causes and consequences of military spending cuts, defense reform and force transformation, arms exports under conditions of dependence and austerity, and the international diffusion of domestic and border security practices. She has a government policy background in defense reform and transatlantic security.



November 17, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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