The Society of Black Lawyers (SBL) and the Association of Muslim Lawyers (AML) invite you to the forthcoming conference on
The Refugee and Migrant Crisis - Do They Have a Future in Europe?
The migrant crisis of 2013 onwards culminating in the enormous loss of life off Lampedusa in April 2015 precipitated a fundamental change of direction by the European Commission and member States. The Society of Black Lawyers (SBL) and the Association of Muslim Lawyers (AML) conducted a legal and medical fact finding mission to Sicily, and Lampedusa in June 2015 supported by the Pakistani Medical Association, followed by a visit to Calais in September. We successfully interviewed some 92 refugees as well as a range of local and national NGOs and statutory agencies.
The report on our findings will be launched at the House of Commons on 10 December 2015 with the report used both as a basis for the conference but also as the means to take our recommendations on behalf of refugee and migrant communities to the EU Commissioners, the UNHCR itself and the Organisation for Economic and Political Development in Europe (OECD) as well as the various UK political parties.
Aims and Objectives
The aim of the conference on 12 December 2015 is to bring together NGOs, lawyers and political parties, together with international agencies with primary responsibility for the refugee crisis in order influence the international debate. We would like to see a more humanitarian approach to the issue of refugees, designed to have at its core the knowledge that the fate of refugees is a concern for the whole of Europe and that we must all recognise the fundamental rights and wishes of the refugees themselves.
Venue and Time
Central Hall Westminster; Storey's Gate, London, SW1H 9NH, Saturday, 12th December 2015, 09.00 to 17.30
Ticket booking link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/refugee-conference-refugees-and-migrants-do-they-have-a-future-in-europe-tickets-19027932057
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