Is There a Refugee Crisis in Europe, or Just a Crisis in the Lack of Refugee Protection?

20th December 2015

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In this webinar Dr Cathryn Costello (Oxford University) and Professor Guy Goodwin-Gill (Oxford University) consider: Is there a refugee crisis in Europe, or just a crisis in the lack of refugee protection?

This webinar will examine the basic principles and rules in international refugee law, and clarify to what extent the EU and European states are living up to their obligations.  It will examine the predicament of those seeking protection in Europe and set out the basic legal position on the following issues:

  • access to protection and why those seeking refuge have recourse to dangerous journeys
  • whether refugees are obliged to seek asylum in the first possible country, or remain in countries where they have shelter from conflict
  • recognition as a refugee, in particular for those fleeing conflict
  • responsibility sharing both within Europe and with major host countries.

This webinar was recorded on November 12, 2015 by the Oxford Human Rights Hub at the University of Oxford.

Further information can be found here.