Refugee Crisis Simulation

Refugee humanitarian crisis simulation

The current large-scale influx of refugees into the European Union presents unprecedented challenges for governments, relief agencies and the general population alike. The rapidity of the mass migration into Europe has left little time for receiving governments, host-nation citizens and the refugees themselves to prepare for a crisis of unexpected proportions, let alone tackle its roots in the Middle East. 

This role-play simulation is designed to develop an understanding of the complexities of global migration and, more specifically, the current refugee crisis in Europe. Since Germany is destination to the largest number of refugees within the European Union, the simulation is set in a small fictional German town where several national and local scenarios unfold.

The simulation encourages critical thinking about current policy dilemmas by placing participants in the roles of refugees, public officials, administrators, and concerned citizens. Participants experience some of the strategic and tactical challenges involved in managing and resolving complex policy decisions with impact at the local, national and global levels.


The simulation is designed for use in a range of academic classroom settings as well as in professional and executive education and training environments addressing the following learning objectives:

  • Draw attention to and develop empathy for the complexity of international migration in general and contemporary refugee issues specifically.
  • Understand and personally relate to the multicultural and intercultural dynamics that affect the refugee crises.
  • Appreciate and consider the economic (employment, wages, social services) and demographic (age, education, skills) dynamics affecting a small, fairly homogeneous local community.
  • Familiarize participants with (some) immigration policies and regulations in the European Union.
  • Appreciate and recognize the complexities among local, national and international (migration) policies.
  • Understand and learn to navigate the relationships among governmental and non-governmental organizations, private sector corporations and the general public.
  • Experience and appreciate some of the challenges, difficulties and opportunities of public policy management and administration.


Camp Southern Ground

100 Southern Ground Parkway
Fayetteville, GA 30215


March 15-17, 2019

Price Includes

  • Simulation materials
  • March 15, 2019 - Lodging & Dinner
  • March 16, 2019- Lodging & Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
  • March 17, 2019 - Breakfast only


  • Type
    Early Bird (by Dec. 15)
    Full Cost (after Dec. 15)
  • Graduate Students
    **Please note: For class credit, registration must be completed BEFORE drop/add on January 13, 2019**
  • General Public
    *Must register by February 15, 2019 to receive this discount


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