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16:30 - 19:00 10 December 2015

The refugee crisis: Too little compassion or too much? 2015 Sakharov Debate


Europe House | (link Map)
32 Smith Square | London | SW1P 3EU | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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Martine Croxall, journalist and news presenter, BBC
Daniel Similov, associate professor of political science, University of Sofia
Stefanie Bolzen, London corresponden, DIE WELT
George Letsas, professor of the philosophy of law, UCL
Jim Carver, member of the European Parliament, UKIP

Images of children washed up on a beach, newly erected border fences, and citizens welcoming arriving refugees in train stations have been populating our screens. They appeal to our compassion, but they also raise warnings of a populist backlash.

This year’s Sakharov debate looks at Europe’s refugee crisis, and the response of the EU and its Member States to it. What remedies have been sought and why has an adequate response proved so elusive? Why and how have our various governments, and societies reacted so differently? How can one member state take in 1.5 million people and others next to none? What arguments are being made in favour of helping, or not helping, refugees from the Middle East and elsewhere?


Claudia Sternberg
+44 (0)20 7679 8737 | european.institute@ucl.ac.uk


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