The Refugee Crisis in Europe and Beyond
As responsibility for providing protection falls extremely unevenly, public support for the refugee system is undermined. Increasing numbers of refugees are seeking asylum in Europe, and it is clear that it is facing a massive problem of cooperation, with Head of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), Antonio Guterres, stating that the EU can’t respond to the crisis ‘with a piecemeal or incremental approach.’ However, the emergency is not limited to Europe, and what is needed is clearly a globally coordinated approach.
This event brings together experts in the field of refugee studies, international and humanitarian law, and international security in order to discuss the causes of, and possible solutions to, this global emergency.
The current refugee emergency taking place in the Mediterranean has put increasing pressure on the international system, not only to protect displaced populations, but also the communities providing protection.
Countries that border conflict zones such as Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan have taken in over one million refugees apiece, yet less than one per cent of the world’s total refugee population is ever resettled to a third country through the UNHCR.
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Tuesday 13th October 5:00- 7:00pm
Terrace Room, Level 6, Sir Llew Edwards building (Building #14)
The University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus
- Phil Orchard is Senior Lecturer in Peace and Conflict Studies and International Relations at the University of Queensland. His research interests focus primarily on international efforts to provide institutional and legal forms of protection to civilians and forced migrants.
- David Martin Jones is an Associate Professor at the University of Queensland and specialises in international security, Asian politics and security, and democratic theory and citizenship.
- Melissa Curley is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Queensland. She is the Director of the Rotary Peace Centre at UQ.
- Sonia Caton is a lawyer and registered as a migration agent. She is a past Director of the Refugee and Immigration Legal Service in Brisbane (RAILS) and serves on the board of the Refugee Council of Australia.
- About the chair: Richard Devetak is Associate Professor in International Relations and Head of the School of Political Science and International Studies at The University of Queensland
This event is co-hosted by Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect and the School of Political Science and International Studies, The University of Queensland.
Image credit: Amnesty International flick stream, 2015.