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On Tuesday, April 23rd, at 11:45 a.m. at the Durango Public Library, our seventh discussion will be “Refugees and Global Migration.” Facilitator Ruth Alminas will present background materials and a film by the Foreign Policy Association, and lead participants in a discussion of the issues.

Today, no countries have open borders. Every state in today’s global system has its own laws and policies about who is permitted to cross its borders, and how they will do so. Who determines whether someone is a refugee or a migrant? How have different countries, including the United States, reacted to migration? How effective are the international laws, policies and organizations that have evolved to assist and protect refugees and migrants?

Ruth is an assistant professor in the department of Political Science at Fort Lewis College, where she teaches courses such as international politics, armed conflict and its management, global environmental politics, international political economy, and Middle Eastern politics. Her research interests include persons displaced by armed conflict, secession, international law, international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and post-conflict peacebuilding processes. She received her PhD in Political Science from the University of Arizona, an MA in Religion from the University of Chicago and a BA in Religious Studies from the University of Colorado.

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We encourage you to attend and bring a brown bag lunch.

Briefing Book
The Great Decisions briefing book is designed to deepen your understanding of the issues and prepare you to discuss solutions. There is one book at the library that you may read, and you can order them from the Foreign Policy Association

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Follow this link to a complete 2019 discussion schedule. More information about Great Decisions can be found on the websites, Foreign Policy Association and the League of Women Voters of La Plata County.
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