DMU students lead talks at UN summit about integrating refugees

The DMUlocal team in New York (Picture from Twitter @dmuleicester)

By Olivia Maclaughlin and Sofia Luis-Hobbs

De Montfort university students have returned to the UN headquarters in New York to make an address today as part of the #JoinTogether campaign aiming to help refugees.

Hamdallat Abdulsalam and George Coyle from DMU will give a speech today at a summit at the UN, as part of the campaign that began in January.

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The DMUlocal team in New York (Picture from Twitter @dmuleicester)

The campaign is focusing on integrating eleven international universities to help refugees worldwide.

Public Engagement officer at #DMUlocal, Debbie Tinsley said: “DMU has been asked by the UN to take a lead in engaging universities across the World to find ways of successfully integrating refugees into communities whilst spreading messages of tolerance and understanding.”

Whilst in New York, the students are also supporting volunteers at St Mary’s Episcopal Church as well as volunteering at a refugee resettlement centre.

“DMU students will also join Vice-Chancellor Professor Dominic Shellard in making presentations as part of a chat series which will focus on developing a positive attitude towards migration.” added Debbie.

The chat series provides a platform for non-governmental organisations to get involved in talks on critical issues.

The chat can be watched live from DMU’s Facebook page tonight at 7.30pm UK time.



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