The Migrant and Refugee Crisis - A panel discussion on responses and solutions

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Former Deputy Director Bridget Anderson and Deputy Director Nick Van Hear spoke on the panel of this joint event by the Oxford Martin School and the International Migration Institute.

Buck-passing or burden-sharing? While international agencies, local residents and NGOs develop piecemeal responses to the increased volume of migration to Europe, most EU leaders, fearful of their electorates, seem incapable of generating a moral vision or an adequate plan for collective action.

This panel discussion, led by Oxford academics, evaluated recent events, considered old precedents along with new answers to what has been deemed one of the most pressing migration crises in European history.


Professor Ian Goldin, Director, Oxford Martin School
Chair and opening statement
Professor Bridget Anderson, Professor of Migration and Citizenship and Deputy Director of COMPAS
People power: refugee agency and ‘refugees welcome’ initiatives
Dr Julien Brachet , Marie Curie Senior Research Fellow, International Migration Institute
Crisis as a permanent state: insights from trans-Saharan migrations
Dr Colin Bundy, Honorary Fellow and former Principal, Green Templeton College
Refugees, history, & precedents
Professor Robin Cohen, Emeritus Professor and Former Director, International Migration Institute
Limits to old solutions, new thinking allowed
Dr Cathryn Costello, Andrew W Mellon Associate Professor of International Human Rights and Refugee Law, Refugee Studies Centre
New possibilities for legal recognition
Professor Avi Shlaim, Emeritus Fellow, St Antony's College and former Professor of International Relations, University of Oxford
Syria and Iraq: what is to be done?
Dr Nicholas Van Hear, Senior Researcher and Deputy Director, COMPAS
Limits to old solutions, new thinking allowed

Dr Oliver Bakewell, Director, International Migration Institute
Professor Alex Betts, Leopold Muller Professor in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, Refugee Studies Centre