Summer Course: The Refugee Crisis and the EU Response

“The Refugee Crisis and the European Union’s Response: Context, Management and Challenges”

Barcelona, 18-22 July 2016
Contact hours:  30 hours, 3 ECTS
Course Language: English
Students: 20 students (graduate, master and pre-doctoral students)

The Summer School is a joint effort of the University of Barcelona and Middlesex University. The course is designed to provide participants with an understanding of the current refugee crisis, which will be examined from a range of disciplinary perspectives including law, sociology and political science. Classes will be given by academics and professionals in the field of refugee, asylum and migration from different European universities and organizations and will be complemented by practical exercises, debates and research work. At the end of course participants will be asked to write a report and will receive a certificate of participation.

For further information and to book a place:
http://www.cermigracions.org/es/page/summer-course-0

Bursaries are available for Middlesex University students
For enquiries contact: Dr. Alessio D’Angelo – a.dangelo@mdx.ac.uk

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Launch event – Schooling in England Toolkit

A toolkit for newly arrived migrant parents and practitioners working with migrants.

Friday 10 June 2016, Middlesex University, NW4 4BT

The school system in England differs in many ways from that in other countries. In England schooling starts earlier than in many countries, generally before the child’s fifth birthday. Many parents and children, especially if they have only just arrived in Britain, are unprepared for this. Choosing a school and getting a child enrolled can be complicated, especially if you are unfamiliar with the system. The aim of this toolkit is to provide information and guidance to help migrant families and practitioners negotiate the school system and to suggest ways in which to support children settle into school and in progressing through primary school and the transition to secondary school.

To download the toolkit click here (the Toolkit is now available in English and Polish. More languages will be available in the coming days).

For further information about the event visit the Eventbrite page.

Search and Rescue at Sea: a Legal Obligation?

Search and rescue at sea: a legal obligation?
Humanitarian and legal perspectives on the ‘Refugee Crisis’

Wednesday 8 June 2016, Middlesex University (London)

An event co-organised by Middlesex University, AIRE Centre (Advice on Individual Rights in Europe), University of Palermo and CLEDU (Clinica Legale per i Diritti Umani)

Between January and May 2016, over 150,000 migrants crossed the Aegean sea to reach Europe, mostly escaping the war in Syria. In the same period, nearly 30,000 people reached the Italian shores through the central Mediterranean route. The majority of them flee their countries because of war, conflict or persecutions. Many of the migrants, who, risking their lives, undertook an extremely dangerous journey to look for a better life in Europe or to get international protection, died because they were not rescued in time.

The current debates on the issue offer lengthy press releases, shocking photographs and estimates of the number of people drowning in an attempt to reach safety. Tearful press obituaries and background policy analysis as to the reasons why this situation is occurring complete the picture. However, what is not heard enough is the voice of the Law: what are the obligations of the EU, its member states, and other neighbouring countries towards the migrants attempting this risky journey? Are there any legal steps that can be taken in order to help eliminate deaths in the Mediterranean?

Middlesex University (London), the Italian legal clinic CLEDU (Clinica Legale per i Diritti Umani) and the UK legal organisation AIRE Centre (Advice on Individual Rights in Europe) are working together to take forward this debate by holding a roundtable on the positive legal obligations of EU member states under international maritime law, EU law and national law towards migrants, asylum seekers and persons in distress at sea. The roundtable will take place in London, at Middlesex University, on 8 June 2016, bringing together European experts on the subject.

For further information and to book a place visit:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/search-and-rescue-at-sea-a-legal-obligation-tickets-25139773740