Unravelling Europe's 'migration crisis', 17 January 2018

Posted by fp74 at Jan 14, 2018 10:00 AM |
University of Leicester event to unravel Europe’s ‘migration crisis’


When: 17 January 2018 6.15pm-7.45pm
Where: Attenborough Basement Lecture Theatre 1, University of Leicester, LE1 7RH
Description:  Why are so many people willing to risk their lives travelling to Europe over land and sea? What are their hopes and fears?

To answer these and related questions, Professor Heaven Crawley will draw on Unravelling Europe's 'Migration Crisis': Journeys over land and sea (Policy Press, 2018), a new book that provides a framework for understanding the dynamics underpinning the recent, unprecedented levels of migration across, and loss of life in, the Mediterranean.

The book, which draws upon compelling first-hand accounts from 500 people who arrived on the shores of Europe in 2015, casts new light on the `migration crisis' and challenges politicians, policy makers and the media to rethink their understanding of why and how people move.

Professor Crawley will present an overview of the key findings of the research including testimonies and quotes from some of those who were interviewed, and look at the adequacies and inadequacies of Europe’s policy response to the ‘migration crisis’. This will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

Dr Leah Bassel, Director of the Leicester Migration Network, will chair the discussion.
Professor Crawley said, “Our research with refugees and other migrants crossing the Mediterranean to Europe shows that the nature of journeys, the routes taken and the factors that lead people to risk everything and get on a boat to Europe are far more complex than presented by politicians and the media.

“Whilst the EU has taken steps to limit the number of people seeking international protection in Europe, it has done little to address the factors that lead people to leave their homes in the first place or to move on from the places in which they initially settled. Addressing these factors will require a much more nuanced, longer-term approach.”
Professor Heaven Crawley is Chair of International Migration at Coventry University’s Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations where she leads a team of researchers who are working on issues of migration, displacement and belonging.

She has written and published extensively on topics that include the causes of forced migration to Europe, gender issues in procedures for determining refugee status, access to legal advice and representation, public attitudes towards asylum and immigration issues, and children’s experiences of immigration controls, detention, guardianship and the process of age assessment.

Dr Leah Bassel said, “We are delighted to invite Professor Crawley to the University of Leicester to share the findings of her research and extracts from her new book with us. We know this event, and new publication, will stimulate vital conversation on migration, citizenship and belonging.

“Informed by the first-hand experiences of migrants, we hope the conversation will galvanise the audience to consider action, individually and collectively, in support of migrant communities and the important contribution they make to the UK. At the University of Leicester, this includes supporting the development of a University of Sanctuary.”

This free public event is being hosted by the Leicester Migration Network; the Unit for Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement (DICE); and the University of Sanctuary - University of Leicester.

Notes for Editors:
I. Contacts:
Dr Leah Bassel    Email: lb235@leicester.ac.uk

Professor Heaven Crawley, Email. ab8540@coventry.ac.uk

II. Unravelling Europe’s ‘Migration Crisis’: Journeys over land and sea, Heaven Crawley et al. (2017), Policy Press https://policypress.co.uk/unravelling-europes-migration-crisis

III. Based at the University of Leicester, the Leicester Migration Network brings together migration scholars, activists, and people affected by issues around migration. The network is one of the most exciting and engaging in Leicester: https://www2.le.ac.uk/projects/migration-research-group

The Unit for Diversity, Inclusion & Community Engagement (DICE) promotes diversity, inclusion and community engagement within the University of Leicester, and on a local and national level. Among other things, DICE organises regular community-focused public lectures and events which connect communities, practitioners, policy and decision makers:https://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/sociology/dice

The University of Sanctuary – University of Leicester initiative aims to welcome asylum seekers onto university courses and provide incentives and routes for them to get involved, in order to harness the fantastic contribution that refugees and asylum seekers make to our communities: https://le.ac.uk/about/csr/uni-of-sanctuary


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