In Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move Reece Jones presents a major new analysis of the refugee crisis, focusing on how borders are constructed and policed, examining state efforts to contain populations and control access to resources and opportunities. On Wednesday 12th October Heaven Crawley joined Reece and a panel of experts to discuss security, borders and the refugee crisis. Continue reading
We live in the midst of a major crisis. More than 65 million people globally have been forcibly displaced, and international migration has risen by 41% since 2000. In this event Heaven Crawley spoke on a panel with the Overseas Development Institute on the UN Summit and approaches to migrants and refugees around the world. Continue reading
We are very excited to announce a side-event on the margins of the United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants. Continue reading
On 20th June Professor Heaven Crawley gave a keynote speech at the Berlin Symposium on Refugee Protection in Berlin. Organised by the Evangelische Akademie and the Global Public Policy Institute, the event brought together more than 300 people from governmental and civil society organisations from across Germany to explore the factors driving migration in Europe and the German response to the arrival of more than 1 million people seeking protection. More information can be found here.
On 15th June the MEDMIG team held a policy roundtable at the European Commission, Athens, Greece at which the preliminary findings of the research on the Eastern Mediterranean Route (Turkey to Greece) were presented to around 50 policy makers, politicians, embassy staff, civil society organisations, academics and practitioners. Continue reading
Dr Simon McMahon gave a seminar at the International Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies on Migration, Universita del Salento in Italy, 25th May. He explored the migration dynamics and experiences of some of the more than one million people who crossed the Mediterranean to the European Union in search of security and opportunities for a better life in 2015. The seminar took place in the Aula Ferrari (Palazzo Codacci-Pisanelli) Piazzetta Angelo Rizzo – Lecce.
On 17th May 2016 the MEDMIG team hosted an afternoon of presentations and discussion on migration in the Mediterranean at the Federazione Nazionale della Stampa Italiana (FNSI) in Rome, Italy.
On 4th May Professor Heaven Crawley joined a panel of speakers at an event at The Frontline Club to mark the publication by The Guardian‘s inaugural migration correspondent Patrick Kingsley’s new book The New Odyssey which documents the journey of refugees and migrants across the Mediterranean. The panel explored the failures that led to the current crisis and the actions that need to be taken to address our humanitarian, moral and legal responsibility towards those seeking international protection. The event was chaired by Lindsey Hilsum, Channel 4 News international editor, and author of Sandstorm; Libya in the Time of Revolution. More information can be found here.
Some 180 people attended the annual meeting of the Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre, which was held in partnership with the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations. The professorial lecture “Unravelling the Mediterranean Migration Crisis” was delivered by Professor Heaven Crawley highlighting the complexities behind the Mediterranean refugee crisis and the narrow narrative, which has been visible in the UK media but has also been the basis of government policies. Heaven added that failures of policy reflected assumptions made about why and how people were on the move, without understanding the stories in the background. Continue reading
The event held on 21st April was a fantastic opportunity for Professor Heaven Crawley to present the preliminary findings of the MEDMIG research and explore the implications for policy at the head office of Human Rights Watch in New York. Around 20 people attended the event which was held on the 34th floor of the Empire State Building and a further 30 joined online from HRW offices across Europe including Brussels and Geneva. There are plans for further collaboration as a result of this engagement including the involvement of HRW in our launch events planned for September / October in Geneva and Brussels.