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Buck-passing or burden-sharing? While international agencies, local residents and NGOs develop piecemeal responses to the increased volume of migration to Europe, most EU leaders, fearful of their electorates, seem incapable of generating a moral vision or an adequate plan for collective action.

This panel discussion, led by Oxford academics, will evaluate recent events, considering old precedents along with new answers to what has been deemed one of the most pressing migration crises in European history. This will be a unique opportunity for students and other members of the university to interact with leading researchers on migration and refugee studies.

Speakers: 

  • Professor Ian Goldin, Director, Oxford Martin School
    Chair and opening statement
  • Professor Bridget Anderson, Professor of Migration and Citizenship and Deputy Director of COMPAS
    People power: refugee agency and ‘refugees welcome’ initiatives
  • Dr Julien Brachet , Marie Curie Senior Research Fellow, International Migration Institute
    Crisis as a permanent state: insights from trans-Saharan migrations
  • Dr Colin Bundy, Honorary Fellow and former Prinicipal, Green Templeton College
    Refugees, history, & precedents 
  • Professor Robin Cohen, Emeritus Professor and Former Director, International Migration Institute
    Limits to old solutions, new thinking allowed
  • Dr Cathryn Costello, Andrew W Mellon Associate Professor of International Human Rights and Refugee Law, Refugee Studies Centre
    New possibilities for legal recognition
  • Professor Avi Shlaim, Emeritus Fellow, St Antony's College and former Professor of International Relations, University of Oxford
    Syria and Iraq: what is to be done?
  • Dr Nick Van Hear, Senior Researcher and Deputy Director, COMPAS
    Limits to old solutions, new thinking allowed

Commentators:

  • Dr Oliver Bakewell, Director, International Migration Institute
  • Professor Alexander Betts, Leopold Muller Professor in Forced Migration and International Affairs, Refugee Studies Centre

Registration required. Places are limited so you are advised to register early via Oxford Martin School.

Those unable to attend the event can watch the live webcast here >>

Annual Harrell-Bond Lecture

The Annual Harrell-Bond Lecture is named in honour of Dr Barbara Harrell-Bond, the founding Director of the Refugee Studies Centre. It is held each year in Michaelmas term.

Past Annual Harrell-Bond Lectures

Annual Elizabeth Colson Lecture

The Annual Elizabeth Colson Lecture is held in Trinity term. It is named after Professor Elizabeth Colson, a renowned anthropologist.

Past Annual Elizabeth Colson Lectures

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Forthcoming events

Multilocality and refugee-nomad interchange in northern Mauritania

Tuesday, 25 February 2020, 1pm to 2pm @ Seminar Room 1, Oxford Department of International Development, 3 Mansfield Road, OX1 3TB

SEMINAR CANCELLED | An intersectional approach to policy and decision making on SOGI asylum claims in Europe

Wednesday, 26 February 2020, 5pm to 6.30pm @ Seminar Room 1, Oxford Department of International Development, Queen Elizabeth House, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TB

Rohingya refugee crisis: examination of the causes of persecution

Tuesday, 03 March 2020, 1pm to 2pm @ Seminar Room 1 Oxford Department of International Development 3 Mansfield Road OX1 3TB

SEMINAR CANCELLED | Bordering

Wednesday, 04 March 2020, 5pm to 6.30pm @ Seminar Room 1, Oxford Department of International Development, Queen Elizabeth House, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TB

Exiled: The Plight of Rohingya Refugees | Screening and Discussion with the Director

Friday, 06 March 2020, 5pm to 7pm @ Meeting Room A, Oxford Department of International Development, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TB

SEMINAR CANCELLED | Access to SGBV protection services for Syrian and Palestinian refugees in Lebanon

Wednesday, 11 March 2020, 5pm to 6.30pm @ Seminar Room 1, Oxford Department of International Development, Queen Elizabeth House, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TB