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Return of the European Refugee Camp

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This session explores the migration emergency in Europe which is leading increased numbers of asylum-seekers and migrants to live informal lives in European towns and cities. Research carried out by Dr Arshad Isakjee at the University of Liverpool and other at institutions is starting to show how, in the absence of formal support, many migrants are resorting to constructing their own shelter and having to find ways to feed themselves and remain healthy. Living in informal camps such as the one in Calais can have profound impacts on the health of migrants – but it is also a symptom of a wider political crisis in which European countries are failing to adhere to liberal and humanitarian principles.

We begin this discussion with contributions from special guests of the University:

Ahmad Al Rashid, a Syrian refugee, filmmaker and researcher who has contributed to the BBC series The Exodus

Pippa Tagart, a volunteer for the medical charity Médecins du Monde (Doctors of the World) who has twice been stationed to Greece to assist refugees arriving into Europe.

Kester Ratcliff, Human rights activist and volunteer campaigning on refugee issues and responding to refugee emergencies. and to show how

We conclude with a Question and Answer session involving the guest speakers and Liverpool academics Dr Arshad Isakjee and Dr Kathy Burrell. The audience-led discussion will further explore the crisis, its politics, the implications for health and wellbeing of refugees, and potential humanitarian and political solutions.

Photograph credited to Thom Davies

Please note This event is for adults only as images of a sensitive nature will be shown.


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