Bertelsmann Stiftung | Panel Discussion “Escaping the escape – Europe and the refugee/migration crisis”
The Bertelsmann Stiftung invites you to the panel discussion “Escaping the escape – Europe and the refugee/migration crisis” with:
- Mariam Safi, Afghanistan, founding director of the Organization for Policy Research and Development Studies (DROPS);
- Abdulkader S. Mohammad, Eritrea, emeritus professor of sociology at the University of Oslo;
- Ziad Majed, Lebanon, associate professor at the Department of International Politics, American University in Paris;
- Zakariya El Zaidy, Libya, protection team leader for the Danish Refugee Council in Libya;
- J. Shola Omotola, Nigeria, professor of Political Science at the Federal University Oye Ekiti in Nigeria; and
- Amira Ahmed Mohamed, Sudan, assistant professor at the Department of International Development at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.
All speakers have contributed to a new publication of the Bertelsmann Stiftung “Escaping the Escape – Toward Solutions for the Humanitarian Migration Crisis” that was launched at the Munich Security Conference last month: http://www.bertelsmann-stiftung.de/en/topics/aktuelle-meldungen/2017/februar/displacements-vicious-circle-combating-the-causes-offering-practical-help/
As the refugee crisis of 2015 has painfully underlined, flight and migration have much affected the European neighbourhood and become a first order humanitarian challenge as well as a security issue for Europe. It was at the height of the refugee crisis in late 2015 when we started to work on this book. Our initiative was driven by the observation of a shift of meaning in the use of the term “refugee crisis”: a crisis affecting people fleeing their home countries because their life was threatened had turned into a crisis in Europe because so many refugees arrived in the EU to seek shelter. Our main interest was to find out why people fled their homeland, and how the EU, among other international actors, could respond effectively to this human tragedy? So we asked experts from the regions affected.
We are especially grateful that six authors of our book conceded to come to Berlin to give their personal first-hand view on the refugee crises, on its causes, on how the life of refugees, migrants and host communities can be improved, and what role the EU should play to better the situation for refugees on the ground.
The panel discussion will be held in English, it takes place on Tuesday, March 14th, 18 to 20h, followed by a light dinner and time for networking
Registration for this event is taking place online. Please register using the following link.