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.
Other speakers included the Bishop of Coventry, the Rt Revd Christopher Cocksworth, and Sabir Zazal, Director of the CRMC. Guests attending the event included Coventry’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Michael Hammon, city councillors, academics, religious leaders, members of the public, clients of the CRMC, and staff and volunteers of the charity.
Further details about the event can be found here.