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Hmong Migration Panel | Top of Mind with Julie Rose

Updated: Nov 1, 2022

Jan 29, 2016

Panel: Jacob Hickman, Ph.D, Professor of Anthropology at BYU; Bruce Thao, Founder and CEO of LIT Consulting; Pa Der Vang, Assistant Professor of Social Work at St. Catherine University

Millions of people from Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan are fleeing war and poverty to seek refuge in Europe and the West. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees says this is the most significant migrant crisis since World War II. Some 20 million people have been forcibly displaced from their countries. Another 30 million people have been displaced from their homes, but haven’t left the country. How can countries like Germany, Canada or the US help these people? There’s intense debate about whether or not to even let refugees in. But even when we do, is that enough? There are lessons to be learned from a period of mass migration America experienced 40 years ago when some 300,000 Hmong people fled the Communists in Laos. A close look at the successes and failures of that mass migration could help nations better help this latest wave of refugees. Listen to the Top of Mind episode here.


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