Joint Seminar Looks at the Role of Educational Institutions in Serving Populations in Need

Kaitlin Thurlow | August 15, 2017
Eduardo Siqueira (third from right) and Khalifa Elmusharaf (second from right) at the University of Limerick in Ireland

Eduardo Siqueira (third from right) and Khalifa Elmusharaf (second from right) at the University of Limerick in Ireland



The issue of migration and refugee integration couldn’t be more important and timely



Professor of Community Development and Planning C. Eduardo Siqueira traveled to the University of Limerick in Ireland this summer to co-lead a seminar on “Migrant and Refugee Integration: The Role of Educational Institutions.” The seminar was a result of a new collaboration between Dr. Siqueira and Senior Lecturer of Public Health Dr. Khalifa Elmusharaf of the University of Limerick Graduate Entry Medical School (GEMS).

Over 60 participants attended the event on June 1. An international panel of stakeholders brought to light a range of relevant topics including Dr. Elmusharaf’s work with women in conflict areas of South Sudan and Ireland’s inclusion of migrant voices in research. A panel discussion debated ways to incorporate their research to influence policy, provide evidence, build capacity and understand the role of students in the process. Dr. Siqueira, spoke to the group in a keynote address to share his experience with immigrant integration Boston.

The seminar is part of a project called “Comparing Immigrant Advantage in the U.S. and Ireland” which is supported by the Joint Strategic Alliance Funding Program at the Office of Global Programs.

Said Schuyler S. Korban, vice provost of global programs, “I am so very pleased that our Joint Strategic Alliance Funding Program between UMass Boston and University of Limerick is contributing to the launch of exciting new research as well as new programmatic initiatives between our two institutions."

"The International Seminar on Migrant and Refugee Integration that was held recently at the University of Limerick under the leadership of Dr. Eduardo Siqueira and his collaborator Dr. Khalifa Elmusharaf at the University of Limerick is a perfect example of the powerful impact of this joint funding program in supporting new opportunities for dialogue, discussion, and research into topics of global importance.  The issue of migration and refugee integration couldn’t be more important and timely, as it has significant implications and ramifications to various countries around the world including ours.  It is critical that UMass Boston, as a public research institution, takes a leading role, in partnership with University of Limerick, in engaging in this important global and complex issue.”

Tags: community health , immigration

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