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Want to hear some extraordinary stories of resilience and humanity? Tired of the political debates about refugees? Tune in to Seeking Refuge for the human stories of refugees and those working to protect them.

Seeking Refuge was started by a group of students at the University of South Carolina who want to depoliticize the narrative around the refugee crisis. We focus on bringing you stories from refugees themselves and those on the frontlines of the crisis, giving a platform to the human beings who know the most about the refugee experience.

Our guests come from everywhere. From South Carolina to Los Angeles to South Sudan, Seeking Refuge is bringing you the humanity behind the headlines.

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Want to hear some extraordinary stories of resilience and humanity? Tired of the political debates about refugees? Tune in to Seeking Refuge for the human stories of refugees and those working to protect them.

Seeking Refuge was started by a group of students at the University of South Carolina who want to depoliticize the narrative around the refugee crisis. We focus on bringing you stories from refugees themselves and those on the frontlines of the crisis, giving a platform to the human beings who know the most about the refugee experience.

Our guests come from everywhere. From South Carolina to Los Angeles to South Sudan, Seeking Refuge is bringing you the humanity behind the headlines.

    History of Modern Refugees with Peter Gatrell | Part Two

    History of Modern Refugees with Peter Gatrell | Part Two

    In part two of our look into the history of refugees, we talk with Peter Gatrell again about the creation of the UNHCR and the 1951 Refugee Convention. We also look at trends that lead the international framework from refugees from the early 1950s to now. Lastly, we get insight into how we should think about the current "refugee crisis" in context with history.

    You can check out Professor Gatrell's most recent book, The Unsettling of Europe, on Amazon or at most major booksellers. We encourage you to buy local if you can. https://www.amazon.com/Unsettling-Europe-Migration-Reshaped-Continent/dp/0465093612

    Professor Gatrell was also recently awarded the 2021 Laura Shannon Prize in European Studies for The Unsettling of Europe! See more here: https://nanovic.nd.edu/news/nanovic-institute-awards-2021-laura-shannon-prize-to-peter-gatrell-for-migration-book/

    Check out this article by Professor Gatrell for more on the historical context of the refugee crisis: https://origins.osu.edu/article/question-refugees-past-and-present

    Liked this episode? Want us to do more history episodes? Subscribe and let us know in the comments below!

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    If you or someone you know would like to share their personal refugee story, send us an email at seekingrefugepodcast@gmail.com or connect with us on any number of social media platforms:


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    Our Team:
    Patrick Anderson
    Jackie Burnett
    Victoria Halsey
    Esha Hegde
    Nathanael Lemmens
    Claire Mattes
    Aidan Thomason

    Music:
    Opening Track: Ketsa - Where We Are (http://bit.ly/2nKJWaW) Closing Track: Above and Below - Never Forget (http://bit.ly/2nNfw7Q)

    Sponsors:
    Special Thanks to Maxcy International House for all of their support. To find out more about what they do, go to https://maxcycollege.wordpress.com/about-the-blog/.

    • 40 min
    History of Modern Refugees with Peter Gatrell | Part One

    History of Modern Refugees with Peter Gatrell | Part One

    In part one of a two part investigation, we outline the historical context of the modern refugee crisis with Professor Peter Gatrell, a migration history expert from the University of Manchester in England. Professor Gatrell explains how refugees came about as a byproduct of the nation-state system and how major conflicts like the World Wars, the Russian Revolution, and decolonization impacted them.

    You can check out his most recent book, The Unsettling of Europe, on Amazon or at most major booksellers. We encourage you to buy local if you can. https://www.amazon.com/Unsettling-Europe-Migration-Reshaped-Continent/dp/0465093612

    Professor Gatrell was also recently awarded the 2021 Laura Shannon Prize in European Studies for The Unsettling of Europe! See more here: https://nanovic.nd.edu/news/nanovic-institute-awards-2021-laura-shannon-prize-to-peter-gatrell-for-migration-book/

    Check out this article by Professor Gatrell for more on the historical context of the refugee crisis: https://origins.osu.edu/article/question-refugees-past-and-present

    Tune back in next week for more on the history of how refugees became part of the international system!

    Connect With Us:
    If you or someone you know would like to share their personal refugee story, send us an email at seekingrefugepodcast@gmail.com or connect with us on any number of social media platforms:


    https://twitter.com/refugepodcast
    https://www.instagram.com/refugepodcast/
    https://fb.me/seekingrefugepodcast

    Have a story you want us to cover? Let us know!

    Our Team:
    Patrick Anderson
    Jackie Burnett
    Esha Hegde
    Nathanael Lemmens
    Claire Mattes
    Aidan Thomason

    Music:
    Opening Track: Ketsa - Where We Are (http://bit.ly/2nKJWaW) Closing Track: Above and Below - Never Forget (http://bit.ly/2nNfw7Q)

    Sponsors:
    Special Thanks to Maxcy International House for all of their support. To find out more about what they do, go to https://maxcycollege.wordpress.com/about-the-blog/.

    • 33 min
    Introducing Season 4: Intersections

    Introducing Season 4: Intersections

    Season Four of Seeking Refuge is here!! This season, which we're calling "Intersections," will explore the ways that being a refugee compounds on other systemic issues in the world. Dropping next Monday, February 22nd!

    Which episode are you most excited for? Let us know in the comments!

    Connect With Us
    If you or someone you know would like to share their personal refugee story, send us an email at seekingrefugepodcast@gmail.com or connect with us on any of these social media platforms:


    https://twitter.com/refugepodcast
    https://instagram.com/seekingrefugepodcast
    https://fb.me/seekingrefugepodcast

    Our Team:

    Patrick Anderson
    Jackie Burnett
    Esha Hegde
    Nathanael Lemmens
    Claire Mattes
    Aidan Thomason

    Music:

    Opening Track: Ketsa - Where We Are (http://bit.ly/2nKJWaW)
    Closing Track: Above and Below - Never Forget (http://bit.ly/2nNfw7Q)

    Sponsors:
    Special Thanks to Maxcy International House for all of their support. To find out more about what they do, go to https://maxcycollege.wordpress.com/about-the-blog/.

    • 2 min
    Biden's Immigration Policy So Far | News

    Biden's Immigration Policy So Far | News

    A few weeks ago, Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States. Here's a recap of all the refugee and immigration policy changes he's made in his first days.

    Check out the White House's Fact Sheets on the new policies:


    https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/01/20/fact-sheet-president-biden-sends-immigration-bill-to-congress-as-part-of-his-commitment-to-modernize-our-immigration-system/
    https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/02/02/fact-sheet-president-biden-outlines-steps-to-reform-our-immigration-system-by-keeping-families-together-addressing-the-root-causes-of-irregular-migration-and-streamlining-the-legal-immigration-syst/

    Liked this episode? Let us know! Subscribe and leave us a review below!

    Connect With Us
    If you or someone you know would like to share their personal refugee story, send us an email at seekingrefugepodcast@gmail.com or connect with us on any of these social media platforms:


    https://twitter.com/refugepodcast
    https://instagram.com/seekingrefugepodcast
    https://fb.me/seekingrefugepodcast

    Our Team:

    Patrick Anderson
    Jackie Burnett
    Esha Hegde
    Nathanael Lemmens
    Claire Mattes
    Aidan Thomason

    Music:

    Opening Track: Ketsa - Where We Are (http://bit.ly/2nKJWaW)
    Closing Track: Above and Below - Never Forget (http://bit.ly/2nNfw7Q)

    Sponsors:
    Special Thanks to Maxcy International House for all of their support. To find out more about what they do, go to https://maxcycollege.wordpress.com/about-the-blog/.

    • 3 min
    Monitoring Human Rights with Lewis Mudge | Central African Republic

    Monitoring Human Rights with Lewis Mudge | Central African Republic

    Today, Patrick sits down with Lewis Mudge, the Director of Central Africa for Human Rights Watch. Lewis talks about his career as a humanitarian, monitoring human rights abuses in the Central African Republic and surrounding countries. He discusses the state of the CAR today and the pursuit of justice in the country.

    Click here to see Human Rights Watch's official report on the CAR: https://www.hrw.org/africa/central-african-republic

    Connect With Us:
    If you or someone you know would like to share their personal refugee story, send us an email at seekingrefugepodcast@gmail.com or connect with us on any number of social media platforms:

    https://twitter.com/refugepodcast
    https://www.instagram.com/refugepodcast/
    https://fb.me/seekingrefugepodcast

    Our Team:
    Patrick Anderson
    Jackie Burnett
    Esha Hegde
    Nathanael Lemmens
    Claire Mattes
    Aidan Thomason

    Music:
    Opening Track: Ketsa - Where We Are (http://bit.ly/2nKJWaW) Closing Track: Above and Below - Never Forget (http://bit.ly/2nNfw7Q)

    Sponsors:
    Special Thanks to Maxcy International House for all of their support. To find out more about what they do, go to https://maxcycollege.wordpress.com/about-the-blog/.

    • 37 min
    Empathy and Elected Officials with Safiya Wazir | Afghanistan

    Empathy and Elected Officials with Safiya Wazir | Afghanistan

    Patrick sits down with New Hampshire State Representative Safiya Wazir. Safiya is from Afghanistan and is the first refugee to be elected to the New Hampshire State Legislature. They talk about her journey to the US, her life as an activist, being a woman in NH politics, and being a young mom through all of this. She also shares a hopeful view of the future for refugees, women, and all Americans.

    If you're interested in learning more about Safiya's political journey, check out this article: https://www.concordmonitor.com/Concord-NH-Ward-8-state-rep-race-result-Safiya-Wazir-Dennis-Soucy-Concord-Monitor-21336355

    For more information about the refugee crisis in Afghanistan, see this synopsis from the IRC: https://www.rescue.org/article/afghanistan-what-you-need-know-about-one-worlds-longest-refugee-crises

    Connect With Us:
    If you or someone you know would like to share their personal refugee story, send us an email at seekingrefugepodcast@gmail.com or connect with us on any number of social media platforms:


    https://twitter.com/refugepodcast
    https://www.instagram.com/refugepodcast/
    https://fb.me/seekingrefugepodcast

    Our Team:

    Patrick Anderson
    Jackie Burnett
    Esha Hegde
    Nathanael Lemmens
    Claire Mattes
    Aidan Thomason

    Music:
    Opening Track: Ketsa - Where We Are (http://bit.ly/2nKJWaW) Closing Track: Above and Below - Never Forget (http://bit.ly/2nNfw7Q)

    Sponsors:
    Special Thanks to Maxcy International House for all of their support. To find out more about what they do, go to https://maxcycollege.wordpress.com/about-the-blog/.

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Vaishnavi@OSU ,

Educational and Informative!

The hosts to a great job of shedding light on the struggles that refugees face that are often bypassed by an everyday person. The hosts also interview people who are very knowledgeable on the situation of refugees and provide insightful conversations. Overall, great job in professionalism and presenting insights on refugees.

Neighborhood28 ,

Learned so much about refugees!

Wow, I barely had an understanding of refugees before listening to Seeking Refuge. Dr. Grace did a wonderful job of providing background to refugees and their struggles in the resettlement process. I will say that I don’t think structural violence is the right terminology for the uncertainty that immigrants and refugees face. I’m not sure that being nervous to go to a hospital as an illegal immigrant is the same as having violence committed against you. Also what a fascinating story from Mr. Geere, he is very articulate and I think he will do great things for the Columbia area. Lastly the gentleman who introduced the host of the podcast has an incredibly sexy voice! Would love to hear more from him.

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