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A conference as part of Oxford Refugee Week, 18-19 June 2016

 

Refugee Week Conference 2016 updated logos

 

As part of Refugee Week 2016, the Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford City of Sanctuary, the national City of Sanctuary movement, and the British Red Cross, hosted this special two-day conference. With a focus on welcoming refugees through their journey towards protection and integration, the event brought together academics, NGO practitioners, civil society groups, and refugees from across Europe to engage in action-oriented mutual learning. The event sought to encourage dialogue and collaborative learning in relation to advocacy, practices of integration, and social and economic inclusion. Moving beyond describing current challenges, it sought to identify good practices and opportunities for social change, focusing on how communities can become more welcoming, and how to break down the social and economic barriers refugees can face. 

Refugee Week

Location: Oxford Department of International Development, Queen Elizabeth House, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TB. (Map below)

Twitter: @SanctuaryEurope #sanctuaryeurope

Programme

Saturday 18 June

9.00-9:25        Arrival and registration

9.25-9.30        Welcome from the organisers, featuring Professor Alexander Betts (RSC Director) and Councillor Bob Price (Leader, Oxford City Council) [PODCAST]

9.30-10.30       Opening Plenary Session: Towards a Europe of Sanctuary [PODCAST]

Speakers:

Video account: Red Cross refugee service user

Bryndís Björgvinsdóttir, Writer, founder of the initiative ‘Syria is Calling’

Jonas Kakoschke/Mareike Geiling, Co-founders, Fluechtlinge Wilkommen/Refugees Welcome

Sabir Zazai, Director, Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre

Moderator: Alexander Betts, Director, Refugee Studies Centre

10.30-11:00    Break 

11:00-12:00    The Challenges of Accessing Protection (plenary) [PODCAST]

Speakers:

Gemma Gillie, Head of Media, MSF UK/Doctors Without Borders UK

Katia Bianchini, Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Religious & Ethnic Diversity, Goettingen

Gonzalo Vargas Llosa, Representative, UNHCR UK

Moderator: Alex Fraser, Director of Refugee Support, British Red Cross

12:00-13:00    Lunch   

13:00-14:30    Promoting Safe Routes (plenary) [PODCAST]

Speakers:

First-hand account: Red Cross refugee service user

Ann-Laure Losseau / Ghazi El Rass, Co-founders, 'Syrie un visa, une vie'

Giulia Gori, Project officer,  Refugees and Migrants Service-Mediterranean Hope (SRM-MH), Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy (FCEI)

Christina Lejman, Fundraising Manager, Migrant Offshore Aid Station

Moderator: Will Jones, Departmental Lecturer in Forced Migration, Refugee Studies Centre

14:30-15:00    Break

15:00-16:30    Welcome and Inclusion (plenary) [PODCAST to come]

Speakers:

Video account: Red Cross refugee service user

Tim Finch, writer and campaigner, founding chair of Counterpoints Arts

Sabir Zazai, Director, Coventry Refugee & Migrant Centre

Mariana Stoyanova, Head of the Refugee-Migrant Service of the Bulgarian Red Cross

Moderator: Richard Stanton, Chair, Migrationwork CIC

16:30-17:30   Access to Higher Education (plenary) [PODCAST]

Speakers:

First-hand account: Red Cross refugee service user

Emma Finlanson, Project Coordinator, City of Sanctuary, and Abbie Grace, Project Development Worker, Refugee Support Devon

Thais Roque, President, Oxford University Refugee Campaign

Alina Muller, Coordinator, Silent University London

Moderator: Nick Gill, Trustee, City of Sanctuary

17:30-18:30   Networking, refreshments and music from Delnavaz

Sunday 19 June

9.20 - 9.40      Registration

9.40 - 9.45      Welcome back from the organisers

9.45-10.45      Countering Social Exclusion (plenary) [PODCAST]

Speakers:

Video account: Red Cross refugee service user

First-hand account: John Patrick

Ade Henderson and Trevor Trueman, Asylum Justice Project, Amnesty International UK

Dave Smith, NACCOM Coordinator

Frances Trevena, Head of Policy and Programmes, Coram Children's Legal Centre

Moderator: Mike Kaye, Advocacy and Campaigns Manager, Still Human Still Here

10.45-11:15    Break 

11:15-12:30    Countering Social Exclusion (Parallel Sessions)

Room 1: Countering Stigma in the Media [PODCAST]

Moderator: Kristy Siegfried, Migration Editor, IRIN

Speakers: Caroline Gregory, The Huffington Post, journalist and editor, and long-term Calais volunteer; Almamy Taal, human rights advocate and investigative journalist; Hazel Healy, co-editor, New Internationalist

Room 2: Detention [PODCAST]

Moderator: Anna Lindley, Senior Lecturer in Migration and Development, SOAS

Speakers: Jerome Phelps, Director, Detention Action; Antonia Bright, Chair, Movement for Justice; Jane, first-hand account, Movement for Justice

Room 3: Destitution [PODCAST]

Moderator: Jonathan Ellis, Head of Policy, Research and Advocacy, British Red Cross

Speakers: Frances Trevena, Head of Policy and Programmes, Coram Children’s Legal Centre; Mike Kaye, Advocacy and Campaigns Manager, Still Human Still Here; Kate Smart, Director, Asylum Welcome; Dave Smith, NACCOM Coordinator

12.30-13.30    Lunch

13.30-15.00    Approaches to Campaigning (plenary) [PODCAST]

Speakers:

Don Flynn, Director, Migrant Rights Network

Lisa Matthews, Coordinator, Right To Remain

Aderonke Apata, Human rights activist and LGBT equality advocate, founder of Manchester Migrant Solidarity

Malka al-Haddad, Refugee women and human rights activist [unable to attend]

Helen Hintjens, Senior Lecturer in Development and Social Justice, International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam, and Anila Noor, Refugee researcher, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Moderator: Diletta Lauro, PhD Candidate, Refugee Studies Centre

15:00-15:30    Break 

15:30-16.15    The Road Ahead: Building a movement for inclusive asylum (Closing session) [PODCAST]

Speakers:

Richard Stanton, Chair, Migrationwork CIC

Alexander Betts, Director, Refugee Studies Centre

Jonathan Ellis, Head of Policy, Research and Advocacy, British Red Cross

Moderator: Nick Gill, Trustee, City of Sanctuary


Programme as pdf file >>