I am Yasmin Abdel-Hak, I was born and raised in Denmark in a multicultural family. My family is from around the world, all the way from Copenhagen, Denmark to Cairo, Egypt through Texas and Florida, USA. In other words, I am a so-called third culture child.
I am a human rights lawyer, specialized in human rights violations in the Middle East, and I also hold a Master of Contemporary Middle Eastern Studies, specializing in Saudi Arabia.
For more than ten years, I worked on asylum and refugee relations, primarily with refugee flows from the Middle East, as well as cooperating with UNHCR with so-called quota/resettlement of refugees from, among others, Iraq, Iran and Syria. I have been project manager on capacity building EU projects in Turkey and the Balkan. I have been a policy advisor on migration and refugees issues for the Danish government. As a consultant I work specifically with analysis and commentaries on the politics of the Middle East, of the power games that defines the region, and the economic, religious and ethnic problems the region is often facing.
I am the founder and CEO of Global Migrations and Politics because I believe in the power of sharing knowledge on the Middle East. To understand the politics behind the headlines in the news. Therefore, I write about the politics of the region and how it affects the rest of the world. I give lectures and classes at schools, explaining the plight of refugee children and what it is like to grow up in a refugee camp.
I regularly give lectures on global citizenship, human rights and civic empowerment to school classes, both in-class and online from year 5 students up to year 11 students. These are very challenging topics for students to understand, but by the end of our cycle of lectures, it is amazing to see how their understanding of these concepts opens up their world, broaden the students´ understanding of the world, and put their own participation as global citizens into perspective.
I also give interviews to newspapers and radio on the topic of human rights and the Middle East, and arrange workshops and speeches on any given issue regarding the Middle East. I make book reviews of books relating to the Middle East, both fictional and non-fictional. The latter is of particular interests to scholars of the Middle Eastern studies.
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