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Welcoming Immigrants to America | Video Competition Deadline

April 12, 2019

Are you a University of North Carolina student concerned about the current negative narratives around refugees and immigrants? Do you have another viewpoint to express or a story to tell?

Enter our competition by creating a short video of your best argument as to why the United States should welcome refugees and immigrants. Tell your own personal story, explain the contributions refugees and immigrants have made to this country, or talk about why immigration is part of America’s identity. Your video must answer why the United States should welcome refugees and immigrants in a compelling, comprehensive, and creative way.

The deadline is April 12, 2019 at 11:59pm EST.

To enter:

  • Must be a university student at UNC
  • Video must be 2-3 minutes
  • Video must be submitted per instructions at the following link:

Enter the Competition

All submissions will be reviewed by UNC Faculty and The Exodus Institute. Two winners will receive a prize of $500 with 4 runners-up to receive $250 each. The videos will be featured on the websites of The Exodus Institute and the UNC Center for European Studies, and exhibited for the UNC community at an event in the fall of 2019.

Please email any questions to

This video competition is organized by The Exodus Institute, and co-sponsored by the UNC Center for European Studies, the UNC TransAtlantic Masters Program, the UNC Contemporary European Studies Major, and the UNC Center for Global Initiatives.

About The Exodus Institute

Based in Washington, D.C., The Exodus Institute was founded in 2017 inspired by the spirit of the Exodus ship. The historic voyage of the Exodus vessel carried Jewish migrants from Europe to the Middle East in 1947, displaced after surviving the Holocaust. Today, more than 65 million people are displaced due to conflict, intolerance, economic disparity, and environmental disasters. These challenges continue to increase, driving forced migration and creating one of the greatest humanitarian crises of the century. As drivers of migration escalate, so too does negative sentiment.

A key component of our mission is to mobilize the private and international sectors to address the forced migration crisis. We aim to create a public awareness campaign, whereby we present the nation’s willingness and continued ability to absorb immigration as both necessary to and consistent with our democratic values. History has shown that immigration is our tradition; and it has defined and refined our democracy. Through an understanding of the economic, political, and social drivers of immigration in the past, we can create an understanding of how immigration today is a continuation of this long history.

Interested in interning with the Exodus Institute this summer? Contact Anne Gallagher, Associate Director at


April 12, 2019
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