Migration, Human Rights and Security in Europe
Migration is one of the top issues on the policy agenda in Europe and is regularly debated on national and EU-wide level. Fears about illegal migration, and the association of migrants with terrorism, extremism and crime have led to increased securitisation of migration in “Fortress Europe” and the introduction of tougher admission and control policies.
The recent developments have caused concerns among human rights advocates and migrant communities over the potential erosion of migrants’ human rights. National and international courts, in particular the European Court of Human Rights, are increasingly being asked to comment on the relationship between human rights obligations and the treatment of migrants by states. The different points of view clash in a heated debate around the continent which is unlikely to end anytime soon.
‘Migration, Human Rights and Security in Europe’ is a student conference organised in collaboration with the Migration Research Unit and the Institute for Human Rights at UCL in order to encourage students from different disciplines to share their current research in this area. The event aims to provide a forum for an exchange of ideas and knowledge between students from across London (and beyond) working on these issues.
Themes will include:
- irregular migration
- immigration detention
- extraterritorial border control in the EU
- migration, counter-terrorism and security
- the right to health
- protection of vulnerable groups
The conference will conclude with a talk by Pierre Makhlouf, Assistant Director of BID (Bail for Immigration Detainees), one of UK's leading charities working in the immigration field. He will talk about when immigration detention becomes unlawful, and discuss some of BID's recent strategic litigation and policy work in this area.
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Registration closes on 7th May. Please note that participants will be asked to pay a £8 conference fee which will cover all conference materials as well as lunch and refreshments during the day.
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