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Sept. 7. 2005

U.K. Asylum Judge Shares Experience Balancing Immigration Issues Sept. 13

Jeremy Varcoe, an asylum judge in the United Kingdom, will share his thoughts on international immigration matters at the next Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 13. The luncheon talk, "Balancing Security and Immigration: Lessons from the United Kingdom" will start at noon in the Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St. in Iowa City.

As an asylum judge, Varcoe hears the appeals of immigrants who have failed in their first effort to gain asylum. The former British Ambassador to Somalia, Varcoe served as a diplomat for 22 years, mainly in the African continent but also in Turkey and Malaysia. His international work goes beyond immigration law and diplomacy to include education. In the mid-1990s, Varcoe was president of United World Colleges, an international group of secondary schools.

This program is made possible with the support of Technigraphics Inc. and Mike Margolin, and is sponsored by International Programs and ICFRC. The luncheon will be catered by Oasis, the Falafel Joint. For those unable to attend the program, WSUI-AM will broadcast the lecture on Wednesday, Sept. 14, following the noon news.

Please send reservation forms with a check to: ICFRC, 140 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa, 52242-1802. Reservations for the Varcoe luncheon should be received in the office by noon, Friday, Sept. 9. Reservations are $7 for members and $8.50 for non-members.

For more information on this program, the ICFRC or special accommodations to attend this lecture, please contact Tom Baldridge at 319-335-0351.

ICFRC is a non-profit association of community and university people interested in learning more about U.S. foreign policy, world affairs and current global issues impacting world societies. The group provides members with the opportunity to hear more than 35 experts per year who visit the UI campus and the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area.

ICFRC is part of International Programs, which consist of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean of International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Tom Baldridge, 319-335-0351,; Writer: Po Li Loo