University of Washington

2015 Policy Forum for Middle School, High School, and Community College Educators

Migration and Multiculturalism in Europe

 August 12th, 2015 from 9am - 5pm

Thomson 317, University of Washington, Seattle

We are pleased to announce the draft agenda for the upcoming teacher workshop. We are also offering 7 clock hours for Washington State teachers attending the full-day workshop.

Migration driven by conflict, persecution, poverty, and the desire for a better life, is escalating throughout Europe. The surge in immigrants and asylum seekers has brought debates on multiculturalism to the forefront of politics in Western Europe as authorities and national leaders grapple with mounting xenophobia and the rise of far-right parties. Meanwhile in Eastern Europe, state authorities worry about a “lost generation” as the young and educated move abroad for jobs in numbers that threaten to cripple the countries they leave behind.

There are many different migration patterns flowing throughout the continent: From the news headlines about dramatic rescues of migrants from the Middle East and Africa landing on Europe’s Mediterranean shores, to conflict-displaced Ukrainians leaving in great numbers for Russia, Poland, and other European states, to the growing brain-drain pattern of young and highly educated emigrants from the Balkans heading to England, France, Germany, northern Europe, and even newer European Union member states like Slovenia.

This August, the Center for West European Studies, the European Union Center of Excellence, and the Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies, are partnering for an educator workshop. The one-day policy forum is designed to consider current immigration and emigration patterns throughout Europe and the steps different countries are taking to handle the influx of multicultural migrants, or conversely, to alleviate an exodus spurred on by economic factors or conflict. Teachers will discuss and debate current migratory and multicultural issues facing Europe to equip themselves with the tools necessary to teach complicated and controversial subjects in schools and community college settings. Participants will consider how changing demographics affect both national and common European senses of identity. Migration patterns in different European regions will provide rich examples of diverse immigrant and refugee populations, a wide variety of triggers for emigration, asylum policy, human rights concerns, and instances of xenophobia.


The registration fee is $35. The workshop includes clock hours, parking, teaching materials and a catered lunch. Preference is given to full-time teachers.

Register here.


Please mail your check (made out to the University of Washington) for the $35 registration fee to:

Attn: Valentina Petrova

Center for West European Studies

120 Thomson Hall, Box 353650

Seattle, WA 98195


Thank you, we look forward to seeing you there!

The 2015 Policy Forum for Educators is sponsored by the Center for West European Studies, the European Union Center of Excellence, and the Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies. For more information, please email the Center for West European Studies at

European Union Center of Excellence
120 Thomson Hall
Box 353650
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-3650
(206) 616-2415 office
(206) 616-2462 fax