Practitioner Profile | Pooya Rezai
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Since the peak in refugee and migrant arrivals on the Greek islands last year, subsequent border closures and the EU-Turkey deal have led many migrants to become stranded in Greece. In this Practitioner Profile, we examine how the humanitarian response there has evolved as a consequence, and what challenges remain in the transition to more protracted displacement.
Joining us to discuss the evolution of the refugee response on the Mediterranean Sea and in the Greek islands is Pooya Rezai. Pooya has been working on refugee assistance, and search and rescue operations with the Emergency Response Centre International (ERCI) in Lesvos, Greece. As a former US Marine, Search & Rescue Swimmer, Ocean Lifeguard, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), and Farsi speaker with basic Arabic language skills, Pooya joined the response to the refugee crisis in Europe as a volunteer. Combining his commitment to growing cultural empathy through food and his interest in technology, he has also worked to find innovative ways of sharing “ancestry through food” via NooshTube, a social-enterprise with the goal of connecting people through food.
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