Social Science Research Center Members Host Seminar on Immigration and Refugee Crisis

SSRC Members Host Seminar on Immigration and Refugee Crisis


STARKVILLE, Miss. – Members of Mississippi State University’s Social Science Research Center have organized a seminar on immigration and refugees at the University of Split in Croatia this June. Seminar partners include the University of Zagreb in Croatia and George Mason University. This seminar presents research on issues dealing with the refugee crisis in Europe and the Middle East. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the number of refugees in Europe is estimated at 450,000 in 2016 resulting in an increase in political pressure and border issues. Dr. Arthur Cosby, Dr. Leslie Hossfeld and Ms. Megan Stubbs-Richardson of Mississippi State University organized the seminar in collaboration with Dr. Viktorija Car and Dr. Dagmar Radin from the University of Zagreb, and Dr. Tonya Neaves from George Mason University. “It is a strong collaboration between universities,” Mrs. Stubbs-Richardson said. “There are so many opportunities to work together on projects that are very important, timely and in our shared interest.” Sociologist and co-conference organizer Dr. Leslie Hossfeld explains, “This seminar brings together scholars who examine and illuminate the social impact of the growing refugee crisis in Europe.” Topics related to mass migration, security, immigration and health, and the media’s portrayal of immigrants, such as the incarceration or detainment of immigrants, will be examined. When asked about the importance of the seminar, Dr. Neaves stated, "Security concerns facing the international community today are highly complex and ever changing. By bringing together multiple countries, institutions and disciplines, advanced seminars like this one are paving the way for truly collaborative solutions." The Social Science Research Center plans to continue providing joint seminars in the future. For more infomraiton on the seminar visit