On Tuesday 18th October MARS organised an evening of exchange and debate on the ‘refugee crisis’, focusing on three themes: Awareness, Analysis, Action. The students’ and the public’s response was impressive. Sallis Benney Theatre was in full capacity! Continue reading event report: Awareness, Analysis, Action
… in case you wondered what types of actions you could take
in a local, national, and international level,
in solidarity of refugees and migrants in the UK and across Europe …
Put pressure on Brighton and Hove city council to offer more accommodation to refugees and to demand that the government accepts more refugees in the UK. Continue reading What can I DO? Refugee Solidarity Activism
The eviction date for the Calais camp inhabitants has been confirmed for 17 October 2016. One more chapter in the long history of refugee settlements in Northern France comes to its end, crushed by the policies of the UK and French governments.
The Jungle started its life in the wake of the destruction of the Sangatte camp. Opened in 1999 and administered by the Red Cross, Sangatte was closed in 2002 by the then French interior minister Nicolas Sarkozy, under pressure from David Blunkett, UK’s interior minister. Continue reading Refugee Clearances: the end of the Jungle?
An evening of exchange and debate on the “refugee crisis”
Tuesday 18th October, 5.30pm – Sallis Benney theatre, University of Brighton
Confirmed roundtable speakers:
Marienna Pope-Weidemann, Independent journalist and volunteer
Gholam Khiabany, Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications, Goldsmiths
Richard Williams, Sanctuary on Sea
Marie-Bénédicte Dembour, Professor of Law and Anthropology, University of Brighton Continue reading “Refugee crisis”: Awareness, analysis, action
As members of MARS, the Migrant And Refugee Solidarity network based at Brighton University, we wish to voice our deep concern at the rise of racism and xenophobia in the UK and Europe in recent months.
The mishandling of the ‘Refugee Crisis’ is closely linked with the rise of racism: the rhetoric of fear, bigotry and hatred, the denial of our shared humanity, the insistence on a fundamental difference between ‘us’ and ‘them’. Refugees have been branded ‘feral humans’ and we have heard references to ‘swarms of migrants’, poised to invade our shores. Dehumanisation is the most basic ingredient of racism. Refugees, we hear, pose a threat to European political ‘values’, such as democracy, freedom and equality. These claims mask even deeper concerns about the identity of a White and Christian Europe. The language with which politicians and the media have discussed the Syrian refugee crisis is a poison in the heart of European society.