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Destination Europe: Reflections on the Refugee Crisis

As the mass movement of children, women and men seeking refuge in Europe continues at crisis proportions, experts from Law, Sociology and Ecumenics will explore how the language of exclusion and inclusion has and is shaping the response at many levels, including the representation of refugees, and how this has and will affect the ability of refugees to integrate as new Europeans.

Dr Gillian Wylie (International Peace Studies, School of Religions, Peace Sudies and Theology, TCD)

  • Dr Wylie researches human trafficking in the context of international politics, gender roles and globalization. Drawing on this research she will discuss European responses to the current crisis, showing the strong tendency towards the 'securitization of migration' by EU states, with governments often use the language of combatting human trafficking to justify security-style responses to migrants. She will argue that such an approach seriously undermines the human security of all those caught up in the crisis.

Dr Daniel Faas (Department of Sociology, School of Social Work and Social Policy, TCD)

  • Dr Faas Ispecialises in the sociology of migration with particular focus on the intersection of migration and education. Drawing on recent curriculum and classroom research, he will explore some of the educational challenges arising from cultural, ethnic and religious diversity across European societies and, more specifically, how the Irish education system has dealt with the arrival of new migrants and refugees.

Hassana Kiboua (Irish Refugee Council)

  • Hassana is the Coordinator of the Information and Referral Service in the Irish Refugee Council. She will speak about some of the policy and practical issues that all asylum seekers and refugees are currently facing in Ireland such as  interpreting issues, family reunification, housing, and welfare. 

Dr Patricia Brazil (School of Law, TCD)

  • Dr Brazil is the Averil Deverell Lecturer in Law and a barrister specialising in refugee and immigration law. She will analyse the intersecting provisions of international, European and Irish refugee law in order to examine the rules regarding who may access refugee protection and the scope of that protection, as well as a consideration of the causes and consequences of exclusion from the refugee process.

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