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Listen to the podcast of the RSC's Refugee Week Special Workshop held on 19 June 2015

As part of Refugee Week (15-21 June), the Refugee Studies Centre held this special workshop.

Chair: Professor Dawn Chatty, Professor of Anthropology and Forced Migration and former Director of the RSC


  • Dr Jeff Crisp, independent consultant, RSC Research Associate, and former Head of Policy Development & Evaluation at UNHCR
  • Dr Maria Kastrinou, Lecturer, Brunel University [not included in the podcast]
  • Dr Sara Pantuliano, Director of Humanitarian Policy Group, Overseas Development Institute
  • Dr Patricia Sellick, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Trust, Peace & Social Relations, Coventry University
  • Professor Roger Zetter, Professor Emeritus of Refugee Studies, RSC

Since 2011, the on-going conflict in Syria has had an enduring and devastating impact. According to the latest inter-country report of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the humanitarian crisis has reached an unprecedented scale: 7.6 million people are internally displaced in Syria, while more than 3.9 million are seeking protection in neighbouring Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.

Against the background of this unprecedented humanitarian crisis, what are Syrians’ aspirations for their futures? What kind of futures do they want to build? And what measures have EU Member States taken in response to the crisis?

This workshop draws on ethnographic accounts from work directly with Syrian communities in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. The workshop brings together experts and academics that have had direct fieldwork experience and can speak about the concerns, needs and aspirations of Syrians who have fled Syria.