|dc.contributor.advisor||Elman, R. Amy, 1961-||
|dc.description||v, 65 p.||en_US
|dc.description.abstract||The evolution of this project began my sophomore spring-when I took Dr. Amy
Elman's European Union class. Throughout the quarter we discussed the various forms of integration throughout the European Union and the various factors that led to the
resulting policy. For my final project I gave a presentation and wrote a paper about the
Syrian refugees who tried to reach Italy by way of rowboats across the Mediterranean
Sea. At the time I was very interested in the lack of transparency of the asylum policy and
how there did not seem to be one.
A few months later, while I was on study abroad, I visited a friend studying
abroad in Athens and we went to an immigrant rights protest with one of her professors.
He gave us a brief history of strikes in Athens, and showed us around the immigrant
neighborhood of the city. During this tour we visited a Greek version of a soup kitchen.
The administrator of the facility talked to us about the demographics of the everyday
visitors. I was surprised to realize that a large group of these migrants were ones who had
fled the Arab Spring conflicts.
At the protest some of the signs called on the Greek government to provide
resources to the refugees from North Africa, as the professor told us. The signs were all
written in Greek, so I was not able to read the writing for myself.
When I got back to Kalamazoo in Spring of 2012, I would frequently look for
New York Times articles about the Arab Spring refugees. I was surprised to find that this
topic was not very popular and therefore only came up once or twice a week. After
looking over the sophomore year paper from the European Union class, I decided to write
my Senior Individualized Project on the asylum and refugee reception policy of the
European Union and the effect it has on the Arab Spring refugees.||en_US
|dc.relation.ispartof||Kalamazoo College Political Science Senior Individualized Projects Collection||
|dc.relation.ispartofseries||Senior Individualized Projects. Political Science.;||
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|dc.title||Europe's Next Problem: The European Union's Need for Reform of the Asylum and Refugee Reception Policy in Light of the Arab Spring Refugees||en_US
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