UNL Symposium To Focus On Displacement Due To Climate Change & Conflict

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October 16, 2020 - 11:37am

A symposium Saturday morning will focus on people around the world forced to leave their communities due to climate change or political conflict. 

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is hosting the symposium on global displacement. 

"We are seeing communities in Nebraska having migration of individuals that change the face of the community, impact what the community looks like as they come to work in maybe some of the local production areas," said Coordinator Dee Aguilar. "So not only do we need to be aware of what's happening here in our own state, but in our own country and then globally. Because wherever it's happening, it does have an affect on us here."

The event features speakers from New York University's Center on International Cooperation, the World Bank Group, and the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University. 

"In 2019 at least 150 million persons felt compelled to leave their homes because of political or socio-economic reasons outside the bounds of legal migration," the event description says. "Then there were those fleeing absence of economic opportunity or natural disaster, often linked to climate change."

The virtual event is from 9 am to 12:30 pm CT on Saturday, October 17. It is open to members of the public and is $10. Registration is available online at olli.unl.edu

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