Hindu American Foundation Participates in Interfaith Panel on Immigration

"Exploring the intersection of religion, migration, and foreign policy, role of religion in defining the interconnections between immigrants' countries of origin and destination."

Religion, Migration, and Foreign Policy

Date: Apr 23, 2007, 10a-12:30p
Location: Georgetown University, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service

In the first of what will become a series exploring the intersection of religion, migration, and foreign policy, this forum will focus on the role that religion plays in defining the interconnections between immigrants' countries of origin and destination.

How does the impact of growing religious diversity as a consequence of migration affect foreign policy in countries of origin, transit, and destination? How are security interests defined in this environment, and what sorts of issues arise from religious-based political organizing?

This panel will explore some of the key issues of this topic, such as immigrants' role in defining the relationships between their host country and the country of origin; immigration policies that facilitate or impede the admission of religious leaders and teachers and their impact on religious practice and beliefs; and the impact of immigrants and diasporas on religious and cultural practices in countries of origin.


Ms. Ishani Chowdhury is Executive Director at the Hindu American Foundation (HAF), a non-profit, non-partisan organization committed to promoting religious tolerance, pluralism, and human rights. HAF works to bring a Hindu-American perspective to U.S. policymakers through its government outreach programs in D.C.

Dr. Helen Rose Ebaugh is Professor of Sociology at the University of Houston and Associate at the Center for Immigration Research. Her recent Pew-funded project on immigrant congregations resulted in the book Religion and the New Immigrants: Continuities and Adaptations in Immigrant Congregations (Alta Mira Press, 2000).

Mr. Mark Hetfield is Senior Vice President for Policy and Programs at the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS). He formerly served as immigration counsel and director of international refugee issues for the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF).

Mr. Cem Özdemir is Member of the European Parliament and a former member of the German parliament. He sits on the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Delegation, and is particularly informed on issues relating to German and European migration and integration policy.
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