Launched in Aug. 2017, the Stanford Refugee Research Project (SRRP) explores how Stanford can have a positive impact on the refugee crisis in the Middle East. The campus-wide initiative — which focuses on health, education, resettlement, employment and more — comprises a team of Stanford undergraduate and graduate research fellows, a Stanford faculty steering committee and a non-Stanford advisory committee.
Two weeks removed, the dust has settled, the media have quieted down, and we’re now left to soberly examine the Trump administration’s actions and its options going forward.
Stanford researcher Laila Soudi recently traveled to refugee camps in Greece where, amid the squalid conditions, she began working on her mission to provide mental health aid to refugees. Now a psychiatry and behavioral sciences researcher at the School of Medicine, Soudi’s concern for refugee mental health began at an early age.
There are tens of thousands of refugees awaiting their fate in Greece. For three months, they have been anxiously waiting for the government to open its borders to let them continue their journey to a safe, permanent location to resettle themselves and their families. For them, however, the stay in Greece gets harder every day.…