Greece: new Refugee and Migration Studies Hub launched

New research project from Harvard and Athens Universities

21 January, 16:47

    ROME - Harvard University and the University of Athens held an online signing event on Wednesday, January 19, to officially launch their memorandum of cooperation for a new Refugee and Migration Studies Hub in Greece.
    A research collaboration on migration/refugee issues will take place this summer with a three-week course in Greece for Harvard graduate students.
    The interdisciplinary course on migration and refugee studies will be held July 11-31 in Athens, Nafplio and on the island of Lesvos.
    It will be offered by Harvard's FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, in collaboration with University of Athens' Refugee and Migration Studies Hub, and will include lectures, seminars, interactive class sessions and fieldwork.
    US Deputy Ambassador to Greece David Burger welcomed the launch.
    "I would like to congratulate both institutions for joining forces to launch the Refugee and Migration Studies Hub," Burger said.
    "The need for immediate support and integration of refugees and migrants is an important part of the social justice agenda of the Biden administration," he said
    " We will be looking forward to learning from our colleagues in Greece, the faculty, staff, and students, who will join the projects and the initiatives of the Hub. And, importantly, we need to learn from the refugees and migrants themselves. Their voices must be part of this process," he said.
    Greece has been on the frontline of Europe's migration crisis since it erupted in 2015, when nearly a million people fleeing conflict in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan landed on its islands in the Aegean Sea, as well as its northern land borders with Turkey.
    Harvard University and the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens are the oldest universities in the United States and Greece, respectively, and both are leading academic and research institutions.
    Greek Education Minister Niki Kerameus also lauded the initiative.
    "Despite the pandemic, we are promoting the international collaborations of our universities with a firm commitment to consolidating their extroversion, and claiming the position they deserve in the International Academic Charter," Kerameus said.
    "We are deeply convinced that our universities have a lot to offer the global academic community as well as to gain from it, through synergies, exchanges of students, teachers, researchers and joint study programs".

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