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Managing Humanitarian Protection: Refugee Resettlement and Other Global Solutions

Panel discussion at Middlesex University, London
3 June, 2015

A panel discussion with:

Professor François Crépeau, UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants

Martin Baldwin-Edwards, Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Middlesex University

Professor Alexander Betts, Director, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford

Dr. Jean-Pierre Gauci, Director People for Change Foundation Malta

The numerous flows of ‘boat people’ crossing the Mediterranean, Andaman and South China seas in Spring 2015 has thrown into relief the absence of coordinated migration management systems in both the European Union and Asia.

In the case of the European Union, the Dublin system, which established the principle that migrants should be processed in their first country of arrival, is currently under threat, as evidenced by the tremendous burden placed on Southern Mediterranean states, in particular Italy, Greece and Malta.  The introduction of a new EU Agenda on Migration by the European Commission has raised the prospect of the relocation and resettlement of small numbers of refugees in Europe but this response in itself is not sufficient to address the flows of vulnerable people from Syria, Eritrea, Sudan and other parts of Africa.  In the context of Asia, the challenge of providing humanitarian protection to boat migrants, many of them Rohingya refugees from Burma, is even more acute.

Resettlement in third countries, including the USA, Canada and the Europe Union, remains one of the key routes to protection but is often unpopular and complicated by domestic political agendas and pressure on numbers.

This event brings together some of the leading experts on asylum, migration and human rights and will explore the above problems and evaluate potential solutions, including the prospect of new regional and global resettlement programmes.

For more information, please visit the Middlesex University’s website.

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