Re-thinking migration and refugee protection towards Europe

Speaker
Faculty
International Institute of Social Studies
Speaker
Faculty
Leiden-Delft-Erasmus
University
leiden
Speaker
Speaker
University
Nottingham
Speaker
Speaker
University
Wageningen
Speaker
Speaker
Faculty
International Institute of Social Studies
Organisation
International Institute of Social Studies
Start date

Wednesday, 15 Apr 2020, 13:00

End date

Wednesday, 15 Apr 2020, 17:00

Room
Aula B
Spoken Language
English

Case studies from Libya, the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes

Policy making and funding for the European Union's migration agenda is based on the underlying theory of push and pull; however, research on the ground has shown the reality to be more complicated. Underlying factors cause forced movement, which are situation-specific and often cannot be simply defined as push factors. For example, networks of human traffickers transport people to countries such as Libya, where they are vulnerable for exploitation.

This movement can often be defined as kidnapping. Overall political instability, as well as economic factors such as youth unemployment, further form complicated challenges to be addressed by African countries. To address forced movement and the protection of refugees, it is important for policy makers to understand the diverse realities on the ground. This meeting of the Globalisation, Accessibility, Innovation and Care (GAIC) network.

addresses some of the complicated realities through case studies by diverse researchers. These case studies highlight issues of human trafficking, forced labour and refugee livelihoods in Libya, the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes region, as well as assessing possible policy solutions that can help address forced movement, as well as encourage free movement, which can support resilience among communities.

 

Programme

14:00     Welcome

Opening Address – Ambassador of Ethiopia - tbc

Political instability and the geopolitical and economic positioning (Otieno Ong’ayo (Antony)

14:30     Ethiopia: Refugee youth unemployment and mobility (Rick Schoenmaeckers)

15:00     Eritrea: The Eritrean national Service (ENS) defined as ‘persecution’ in asylum determination processes (Sara Arapiles)

15:30     Refugee livelihoods in Ethiopia (Kristina Melicherova)

16:00     Libya: Human trafficking and forced labour of Eritrean refugees (Klara Smits)

16:30     Libya: Sexual Violence in Human Trafficking in Libya (Morgane Wirtz)

17:00     Out of camp and In-camp situations: Refugee protection on the Central Mediterranean Route (Mirjam van Reisen)

Closing Address by Professor Inge Hutter – Rector ISS tbc