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Issues & Ale - From Kabul to the mitten: Afghan refugees in Michigan

Issues & Ale:  From Kabul to the mitten: Afghan refugees in Michigan

Issues & Ale:
From Kabul to the mitten: Afghan refugees in Michigan
Wed, Nov. 17, 7:00 – 8:15 pm

When the U.S. military exited Afghanistan and the country fell to the Taliban in late summer, tens of thousands of Afghans were airlifted out of the country with plans to be resettled in the US. Michigan is currently expected to take in 1,300 of these refugees by the end of the year, more than any other state in the Midwest.

Join Michigan Radio Morning Edition host Doug Tribou for this live online discussion about the realities and challenges of resettling Afghan and other refugees in Michigan. Our panel will include Afghan journalist and former New York Times reporter Jawad Sukhanyar, who was evacuated from Kabul just before the city fell. Sukhanyar and his family are now in Michigan.


Our panel will also feature Stephanie Nawyn, an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at Michigan State University. Nawyn's research and teaching expertise are in migration, refugees, and gender, with a focus on refugee resettlement.

We’ll also be joined by Mihaela Mitrofan, the director for the Southeast Michigan refugee resettlement program with Samaritas. Under Mihaela’s leadership, the refugee programs have expanded to include employment and training, behavioral health and release support for unaccompanied minors reuniting with family members.

Issues & Ale is an event series from Michigan Radio designed to engage people in conversations about important issues facing Michigan in an informal atmosphere. This event is free.

Suzanne Belanger is a Marketing Associate at Michigan Public, coordinating community and media partnerships, public relations, special events, and more. She started working in radio when she was 14 years old at her hometown station in Delphos, Ohio. Throughout her radio career, she’s worked at a number of stations in Ohio, Florida and Michigan.