Welcome to our first session of the 2021/22 academic year. Please don’t worry if this is your first time doing Model U.N, this session will teach you all the basics you need to fully partake in all aspects of Model U.N.
The first topic we will be debating is Integration of Refugees.
Globally, the refugee crisis is spiralling out of control. Thousands of people are being displaced on a daily basis, predominantly from the Middle East and Northern Africa with Syria, Afghanistan and South Sudan all in the top 5 nations for citizens displaced according to the UNHRC. Mainly, this is as a result of civil war and domestic conflict which is fuelled by unstable governments and the rise of terrorist organisations such as ISIS in Syria and the Taliban in Afghanistan.
As a result of such wide scale conflict, many are forced to flee home, resulting in the scale of the current refugee crisis with over 10 million people now claiming refugee status from Middle Eastern nations alone.
This mass nature of this crisis has resulted in a scarcity of resources for refugee host nations who logistically and politically (in some cases) struggle to cope with the sheer number of people attempting to gain access to safer nations. This is the case particularly in Southern European nations such as Italy, Greece and Turkey in which many refugees partake in the perilous journey across the Mediterranean.
This topic focuses predominantly on those nations in which refugees are attempting to gain refuge
in. The host nations – and what they can do to successfully integrate refugees into society.
This topic may include areas such as housing, healthcare, financial support, education and employment for refugees.
As this session is only the first of the academic calendar we are not focussing on resolutions for this topic and instead be focussing on the various aspects of debate and procedure.