Refugees left stranded after Hungary shuts down its borders

Nicole Zelniker, World & Nation Editor

October 30, 2015

In the first eight months of 2015, 350,000 migrants made it into the European Union. This is more people than the populations of several small countries, including Guam, Dominica and Aruba.

In spite of this, Hungary just closed its borders to refugees.

“Hungary is small, and there has been a lot of concern about their national identity,” said Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science Maria Rosales. “There’s been a rise in the right wing in Hungary and anti-immigration in general, anti-Muslim arguments in particular.”

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Panel educates community about crisis

Brenna Walsh, Staff Writer

October 23, 2015

On Sept. 29, students, faculty and community members gathered in Joseph Bryan Jr. Auditorium to learn about the Syrian refugee crisis and why it should matter to them. After a two-hour panel discussion, they left inspired to take action.

The panel featured Associate Professor of Political Science Maria Rosales, Bonner Center Volunteer Training Coordinator Andrew Young, Grassroots Organizer at The Church World Service Adamou Mohamed, Resettlement Coordinator at The Church World Service Kim LeBlanc, Director of The University of North Carolina Greensboro Center for New North Carolinians Raleigh Bailey, Professional Engineer Zane Kuseybi, Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems at Elon University Haya Ajjan, Associate Professor of English Diya Abdo, Operations Manager at the N.C. African Services Coalition Latosha Walker and was monitored by Associate Professor of Religious Studies Eric Mortensen.

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Every campus a refuge: embodying our values

Diya Abdo, Guest Writer

October 2, 2015

The refugee crisis is a perpetual crisis. As long as there has been conflict, there have been refugees. I myself am the child of refugees, their first, born in a country right across the river from the one they fled. We were lucky; my family escaped the drudgeries of the refugee camps to live a life of tenuous citizenry in the “alternate homeland.”

Others around the world are not so lucky.  Many are settled where they initially arrive, their tents simply morphing into the sturdier, stiflingly close, zinc-roofed rooms of the shantytowns.  Still many others never complete the perilous journey; countless migrants and refugees have drowned at sea in capsized boats and rafts, asphyxiated in the cargo holds of otherwise seaworthy and roadworthy vessels, succumbed to the limitations of their bodies, the elements, and the relentless indifference, if not cruelty, of the watching and waiting human race.

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Billionaire wants to give refugees a home

Brenna Walsh, Staff Writer

October 2, 2015

On Sept. 1, Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris tweeted his plan to aid the refugees in Syria.

“Greece or Italy sell me an island,” tweeted Sawiris. “I’ll call it ‘Independence’ and host the migrants and provide jobs for them building their new country.”

Sawiris is the third-wealthiest man in Egypt with a net worth of $2.9 billion. He owns Orascom Telecom Media and Technology, a company that has investments in Egypt, Lebanon, Pakistan and North Korea.

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