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Cornell University

Commentary from Stephen Yale-Loehr

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Stephen Yale-Loehr explains why immigration law is core to issues faced by refugees.

There's a lot that is affected because of Migrations—and we need to deal with this issue.

It's important for me, in particular, because I research the migration of people across countries. I really want to explore how we can, at Cornell, better reflect the legal system for migrations.

For example, I'm concerned about refugees. We have 60 million refugees in the world—that's an all-time high unfortunately. And we need to make sure that they are dealt with with dignity and the human rights that they deserve.

I'm particularly interested in people who are detained, and I want to work with social science researchers and child development experts on the traumatic effects for people who are detained—it's not a legal issue, but I think it's increasingly an important human rights issue.