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Public event at the Overseas Development Institute, London, and streamed online


Introductory remarks: Kevin Watkins, Executive Director, ODI

Chair: Paul Kenyon, BAFTA-winning Panorama journalist


Alexander Betts, Associate Professor of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, University of Oxford

Gonzalo Fanjul, Head of Research, porCausa Foundation (Madrid)

Marta Foresti, Director of Governance, security and livelihoods, Politics and Governance, ODI

Laurence Hart, Head of Migrant Assistance Division, International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Gonzalo Vargas Llosa, Representative to the UK, UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)

This year has already seen more than 1,750 migrants die in the Mediterranean as thousands attempt to flee Africa and the Middle East for Europe – largely from Syria, Eritrea and Somalia where conflict is rife. With sophisticated criminal networks helping more and more people into boats, a lack of funding or support for search and rescue operations and a rising hostility towards migrants across Europe, what can be done to stop the soaring death rate in its tracks? For those tens of thousands who do make it ashore every week, what should happen next? Can and should development policies play a greater role in supporting migration? Join ODI for this timely debate with migration experts and representatives with first-hand experience of making the journey. 

This event will be streamed live on the ODI website.

Follow #MigrantCrisis on Twitter for live coverage.


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