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The resettlement of refugees is a complex and often contested world issue.

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Human Services Leadership (HSL) Department will host a refugee simulation from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, in Clow 240 to bring greater visibility and understanding to the refugee experience. The simulation is part of the HSL 378: Refugees, Migration and Human Services class, in which students focus on the migration of Syrian refugees.

After a civil war broke out in Syria in the spring of 2011, Syrian people fled their country out of fear of persecution, violence or even death, seeking new homes and lives without these everyday fears.

In September 2015, the Obama Administration announced its plan to take in 10,000 Syrian refugees over the next year, with some expected to be resettled in Northeast Wisconsin. These refugees will become our neighbors, coworkers and classmates.

Human services offer critical resources addressing issues unique to this population, such as citizenship, language, social and welfare options. 

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