MPP Students to compete at Villanova Conference

Host Nations: A Refugee Simulation is a web-based experiential learning tool. Taking on roles such as Prime Minister, Minister of Labor, or Minister of Health and Human Services, over 600 students around the globe will work in teams to manage a migrant influx on February 23, 2019.  Delaware Valley will be represented by John Simila, Hannah Cornell, Christopher Handy, Ellen Robinson, and Marian Rubin.
The game challenges participants to weigh human rights, integration, and GDP growth against budget restrictions and political resistance. Teams will be evaluated on simulation scores, negotiation skills, and presentations made to regional site judges.

This year’s competition will focus on issues of forced migration and refugees. How might governments react to an influx of asylum seekers? What policies facilitate integration into the host society? Which stymie it? What benefits can refugees contribute to a host country, and how do some government deprive themselves of those benefits?

At the end of competition day on February 23, twelve winning site teams will advance to the “Global Super Judge Round”

The following prominent migration policy experts will play a crucial role in identifying this year’s simulation competition champion team that will receive $5,000 USD, and an opportunity to network with the Global Super Judges.

The global winning team will be announced during the week of March 4, 2019.

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