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WEBINAR SERIES: What the COVID-19 Pandemic Means for Refugees: Refugee Trends & Everyday Lives in a Metropolis

When: Wednesday, May 6, 2020
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM CT

Where: Online

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: FREE

Contact: Cindy Pingry   (847) 467-1933


Category: Global & Civic Engagement, Academic, Lectures & Meetings


This webinar series, hosted by the Colloquium on Refugees, Migrants and Statelessness (a working group of the Center for International and Area Studies at Northwestern University), aims to provide frontline information about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on refugees around the world.

Zaid Hydari founder of the Refugee Solidarity Network will be speaking about trends in refugee protection, before the pandemic and looking ahead. In addition to focusing on Turkey, he will provide insights about other host countries such as Bangladesh and Mexico, and how (the lack of) responsibility-sharing has contributed to the trends. Yasemin Ozer, completing her doctorate at the City University of New York's Graduate Center, will bring the perspective of everyday lives and livelihoods of urban refugees settled in a metropolis like Istanbul and how we can productively think about the added layers of vulnerability they are likely to experience in this moment of a global pandemic.

Zaid Hydari is an American lawyer with over 10 years of experience in international refugee law and humanitarian assistance. From 2010 to 2014, Zaid delivered direct legal assistance to individuals seeking asylum in Turkey with the Istanbul-based Helsinki Citizens Assembly- Refugee Program. He went on to co-found the Refugee Solidarity Network (RSN), a US-based non-profit that protects refugee rights by developing capacity of civil society in refugee host states and advancing legal frameworks that uphold human rights. Zaid holds a B.A. in Government and History from the University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, where is he now an adjunct professor teaching International Refuge Law and Policy.

Yasemin Ozer is a PhD candidate at the Anthropology Department of City University of New York's Graduate Center. She has a BA in Political Science from Vassar College and an MA in Gender and Women's Studies from the American University in Cairo. She recently completed a 12-month ethnographic fieldwork funded by Social Science Research Council and Wenner Gren Foundation studying emergent social relations and care networks in the working-class neighborhoods of Istanbul, Turkey. 

This webinar is free and open to all from 11:15 am-12:15 pm Central Standard time.

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