When is a refugee not a refugee? The case of Eritrea as a paradigm for Afri...

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Monday 12th September 2016 Time: 16.00 – 17.30 (BST)

Committee Room 16, House of Commons

The (Prospective) APPG Diaspora Development and Migration in partnership with APPG on Refugees and the Migrants Rights Network invites you to a parliamentary panel discussion to discuss:

‘When is a refugee not a refugee? The case of Eritrea as a paradigm for Africans seeking sanctuary’

Chair: Baroness Young of Hornsey

This panel discussion will look at the uneven response to refugees with a particular focus on those originating from Eritrea. The panel will discuss what influences the response and decision-making on who qualifies as a refugee, and how diaspora communities help to raise awareness and support for those seeking assistance. The event will seek recommendations based on the responses to the panel discussion and additional contributions.

Panellists inlcude:

Dr. Lul Seyoumfounder and director, International Centre for Eritrean Refugees and Asylum Seekers (ICERAS)

Dr. Lul Seyoum is a British/Eritrean influencer, trade analyst, founder and director of ICERAS. She is regularly consulted by the BBC, ITN, SKY for research, resource and coverage of matters pertaining to the Horn of Africa. Dr. Seyoum’s history of promoting women’s rights in the international arena started in her formative years in Eritrea. She collaborates with members of Parliament and the British Refugee Council on immigrant’s social and political policies. Her partnership with the Refugee Council and MPs from the three main political parties helps encourage refugees’ involvement in the UK party political process. With the view to raise awareness on the causes of forced mass migration, Dr. Seyoum works mainly with UN Agencies, International Organisation for Migration, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. She partners with national and global organizations to host and chair seminars on human rights, women’s leadership, sustainable communities, capacity building, dialogue facilitation, trust building and reconciliation.

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Michela Wrong – Journalist/ Author ‘I didn’t do it for you’

Michela Wrong has spent nearly two decades reporting on Africa. As a Reuters correspondent, based in first Cote d'Ivoire and former Zaire, she covered the turbulent events of the mid 1990s, including the fall of Mobutu Sese Seko and Rwanda’s post-genocide period. She then moved to Kenya, where she became Africa correspondent for the Financial Times. In 2000 she published her first book, “In the Footsteps of Mr Kurtz”, the story of Mobutu. Her second book, “I didn’t do it for you”, focused on the Red Sea nation of Eritrea. Her third book, “It’s Our Turn to Eat”, tracks the story of Kenyan whistleblower John Githongo. Her first novel, “Borderlines”, set in the Horn of Africa, has just come out in paperback.

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Heaven Crawley – Coventry University

Heaven Crawley is Professor of International Migration at Coventry University’s Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations where she leads a team of researchers working on issues of migration, displacement and belonging. Heaven was previously head of asylum and immigration research at the UK Home Office and Associate Director of the Institute for Public Policy Research (ippr). She has written and published extensively on a wide range of asylum and immigration issues that have covered: the causes of forced migration; gender issues, access to legal advice and representation, public attitudes towards asylum and immigration issues, and children’s experiences of immigration controls. Heaven is currently working with a team of researchers from the Universities of Birmingham and Oxford on the ESRC-funded MEDMIG project which explores the dynamics of migration in the Mediterranean region and the complex factors affecting refugee and migrant decision-making in the context of the current European ‘crisis’.

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Dr Jonathan Campbell – SOAS (Report on Country Information and Guidance for Eritrea for IAGCI)

Between January 2007 and January 2009 Dr Campbell was away from SOAS undertaking research funded by an ESRC Grant (RES-062-23-0296) entitled "Refugees and the Law: An ethnography of the British Asylum System". This research sought to follow refugees from Eritrea and Ethiopia who were seeking asylum in the UK. In April 2009 he convened a conference at SOAS to present research our findings and to look at how European state’s and the USA handle and assess asylum applications (access to the papers from this conference can be found at: www.nomadit.co.uk/refuge/).

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Professor Gaim Kibreab – London South Bank University

Professor Gaim Kibreab is a Research Professor and Course Director of the MSc Refugee Studies at London South Bank University, School of Law and Social Sciences in the Department of Social Science. He earned a PhD degree from Uppsala University, Sweden, Faculty of Social Sciences/Institute of Economic History. He has published widely on forced migration (refugees, development-induced displacement, internally displaced persons, and environmentally-induced population displacement), development and governance in post-conflict societies. He is currently working on causes of forced migration in post-independence Eritrea.


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Monday 12th September 2016 Time: 16.00 – 17.30 (BST)

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Committee Room 16, House of Commons

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