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WEBINAR SERIES: What the COVID-19 Pandemic Means for Refugees: Epidemiological State in Poland

When: Wednesday, May 13, 2020
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM CT

Where: Online
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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.

Katarzyna Chimiak will introduce the international research project, National Integration Evaluation Mechanism (NIEM). Kseniya Homel will present dimensions and issues the NIEM project is focused on while monitoring the impact of coronavirus on asylum seekers and beneficiaries of international protection. Kseniya will present the overview of the situation in Poland during the lockdown, talk about the recent governmental measures as the newest anti-crisis act and its impact on migrants and refugees, the closeness of the external borders and the access to asylum procedures. She will briefly cover the socio-economical situation of migrants and refugees and difficulties they met in Poland and finally discuss the role of NGOs and municipalities in supporting  migrants and refugees. 

Kseniya Homel is NIEM’s National Advocacy Officer, the European and Migration Policy Programme, Institute of Public Affairs and a PhD student of Sociology at the Institute of Applied Social Science, University of Warsaw.  She graduated with a masters of Criminology and a masters of International Relations from the University of Warsaw, realized postgraduate programme in ‘International Migrations’ at the Centre of Migration Research (Warsaw).  Kseniya was born in Minsk, Belarus and since 2010 has lived in Poland. Since 2017, she cooperates with NGOs supporting migrants and refugees and currently coordinates the project for children from the Centre for Foreigners Warsaw-Targówek. 

Katarzyna Chimiak is a historian, translator, social activist and one of the founders and board members of the "For Free Russia” association (founded in Warsaw in 2015), which aims to promote dialogue between civil society in Russia and Poland. 

After obtaining a master's degree in 20th-century European history at the Institute of History of the University of Warsaw she continued her studies in this field in Leipzig, Dortmund-Essen, and Mainz thanks to fellowships of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (2009-2011) and of the Leibniz Institute of European History in Mainz (2012). From 2011 to 2014 Katarzyna worked as a research assistant at the German Historical Institute in Warsaw and is currently affiliated with the Warsaw-based think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. Since January 2020 she is the head of the IPA's European and Migration Policy Programme.


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