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Webinar: Serving Migrants in the Time of Pandemic

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Global Refuge Staff

April 6, 2020

The coronavirus outbreak has many of us feeling isolated and afraid, but it has also motivated us to look for creative ways to connect and help each other. Join Global Refuge for a virtual Townhall session to discuss the impact this public health crisis is having on our communities, including the immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers who are so vital to them. In this interactive gathering, we will cover:

  • Introduction: a message from Global Refuge President & CEO, Krish O’Mara Vignarajah
  • State of Affairs for Migrants and Refugees
  • What We’re Doing to Help
  • How You Can Get Involved
  • Q&A session

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