London Centre for Social Studies cordially invites you to a roundtable
A Tide of Humanity: Discussing the Migrant Crisis
Date: Friday 27th November, 6 – 8pm
Venue: Vernon Square Campus, Room V221, SOAS, Penton Rise, London WC1X 9EW (closest stations: Kings Cross St. Pancras or Angel)
Chair: Dr Burak Bilgehan Özpek, Department of International Relations, TOBB University of Economics and Technology; Defence Studies Department, King’s College London
Keynote speaker: Professor Mervyn Frost, Department of War Studies, King’s College London
Keynote speaker: Professor Carol Bohmer, Department of War Studies, King’s College London
Keynote speaker: Dr Sarah Singer, School of Advanced Study, University of London
Much has been said about the migrant crisis. This roundtable will explore some of issues about which less has been said: Is there a right to exclude? How do we distribute responsibilities for refugees? Is it right to distinguish between refugees and economic migrants? How do we manage future crises? What is the most effective way to integrate large numbers of people into European states?
The migrant crisis has raised extremely difficult practical and ethical issues for European states. The tension between Germany’s conflicting response – confusion over having open or closed borders and confusion over whether migrants are to be offered refugee or subsidiary status – and the regulations outlined in the Dublin System have ultimately led to states one by one sealing their borders; laying aside legal structures in favour of passing on responsibility. Meanwhile the EU has made slow progress in creating a quota system, while the recent deal struck between the EU and Turkey is designed to further securitise European borders by supporting Turkey to actively prevent people from crossing over. The roundtable will not only analyse the crisis but also offer important pointers for the best ways to move forward. The event will also feature an exhibition of original photos by photographers Selahattin Sevi and Anna Pantelia, bringing closer the everyday realities in Lesbos and Calais of people forced to flee their homelands.
Students, particularly PhD and Master’s candidates, as well as practitioners, researchers, and academics with an interest in migration, refugee issues, integration, law, and ethics.
The event is free to attend but places are limited so registration is required: http://www.socialstudies.org.uk/c/Event/Register/23548
Contact for enquiries:
Liam McLaughlin: email@example.com
Photo courtesy of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Creative Commons.