"What is a Just Response to the Global Refugee Crisis? | Shiv Nadar University

"What is a Just Response to the Global Refugee Crisis?

More than two-thirds of the 24 million refugees worldwide come from just five countries: Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Myanmar, and Somalia. At least in three of these, there has been overt Western intervention, and in four cases, there is a failed developmental state. In keeping out asylum seekers and refugees from their territories, Western nations also forget the migration of millions of people in the 19th century from Europe to the rest of the world. Furthermore, the limits of contemporary movement of forced migrants to the West cannot be discussed without talking about slave trade, the movement of indentured labour, and the occupation of territories declared terra nullius. Contemporary economic and political policies of Western nations and the institutions they control also need to be factored in. These historical episodes lend perspective to current numbers, with refugees constituting less than 0.3% of the world’s population. Against this backdrop, Professor Chimni, a distinguished scholar of International Law, shall contest the justifications offered by Western commentators for the non-entrée or restrictive asylum regime established in the Global North. He shall propose a multipronged strategy consisting of short, medium, and long-term measures to address the global refugee crisis.

Event Date: 
Wednesday, September 19, 2018 -
14:0015:30
Wednesday 19, Sep 2018
02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
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