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Are attitudes to refugees changing?

Are attitudes to refugees changing?

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Our panel of speakers will discuss global attitudes towards refugees, in this livestreamed event.

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Since Russia invaded Ukraine, more than 12m people are thought to have been displaced. As they seek refuge from escalating conflict, the UK has come under fire for implementing an “unnecessary, long, bureaucratic” visa scheme that has left as many as 59,000 Ukrainians with approved visas – but still unable to enter the country.

Meanwhile, last August around 15,000 people were airlifted out of Afghanistan to the UK after it fell to the Taliban – and yet only 4,000 of them have been housed; the rest remain stranded in hotels that no longer want them as tourism picks up for the summer. The home secretary Priti Patel’s stance on immigration remains tough, with her recent plan to send unofficial refugees to Rwanda – a country most of them will never have seen – facing intense legal challenges.

How do the UK’s refugee policies compare to those of our European neighbours? Is the UK able to fulfil its promises of safety, and if not, what will happen to those living in limbo? What more should be done to help those in need? Join our panel, with the Guardian’s human rights journalist as chair Annie Kelly, director and solicitor, Duncan Lewis Solicitors, Toufique Hossain and founder and editor in chief, Rukhshana media, Zahra Joya as they discuss the ongoing human crisis.

With more speakers to be announced.

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