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Khalil Weighs in on Ukraine’s Refugee Crisis in Atmos, Morning Consult Articles

March 17, 2022

Atmos,Morning Consult

Osamah F. Khalil

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has created a refugee crisis, with over 2 million Ukrainians seeking safety in the European Union. But why is the reception of Ukrainian refugees into Europe different than refugees from Africa? And what happens when climate change creates more refugees? 

"Certain Ukrainian refugees are seen as worthy of our sympathy, worthy of shelter, worthy of resettlement," says Osamah Khalil, associate professor of history and chair of the international relations undergraduate program. "But in a climate emergency that we’re facing, will the same be true of migrants from sub-Saharan Africa, inhabitants of island countries whether in the Caribbean or South Pacific, of coastal towns and coastal cities? How will they be viewed? Will they be viewed with sympathy?" Read more in the Atmos article, "Ukrainian Refugees Today, Climate Refugees Tomorrow."

Khalil was also quoted in the Morning Consult article, "Europe Has Embraced Ukraine’s Struggle. But Without Long-Term Planning, It Could Become a Nightmare."

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