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Lampedusa Calling: Understanding Human Flows from Africa to Italy/Europe

Title
Lampedusa Calling: Understanding Human Flows from Africa to Italy/Europe
Speaker(s)
Speaker: Alessandro Triulzi # The University of Naples & Migrant Archives, Rome; Speaker: Emilie Venables # Qualitative Research Mobile Implementation Officer, Medicines sans Frontieres; Speaker: Mahamed Aman # Mahamed Said Reception Centre for migrants and Asylum Seekers in Lampedusa, Italy
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Date and Time
5th Nov 2015 17:30 - 5th Nov 2015 19:30
Location
50 George Square, Project Room
URL
http://www.cas.ed.ac.uk/events/other_events/2015_2016/lampedusa_calling_understanding_human_flows_from_africa_to_italyeurope

Round table debate & documentary

This events is hosted by the Centre of African Studies at the University of Edinburgh, with the kind support of the Italian Cultural Institute and Italian Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

The island of Lampedusa has been the symbol and focal point of the flows of refugees and economic migrants who risk crossing the Mediterranean in search of safety and security in Europe. Conflict, poverty, aspirations of a better life and other factors push and pull flows of people from Africa and the Middle East towards Europe via Italy. The numbers of people attempting the crossing have risen hugely year on year, as have the number of casualties. The humanitarian and political response of the European Union has been fragmented and insufficient.

The round table will offer a space to debate and reflect on the current crisis, with representation from different perspectives, from the point of view of refugees, from the island of Lampedusa, from humanitarian organisations and from academics.

  • ‘To whom it may concern’ by Mr Mohamed Zakaria Ali (Short Documentary)

Panelists Include:

  • Prof. Alessandro Triulzi, “L’Orientale” The University of Naples & Migrant Archives in Rome
  •  Dr Emilie Venables, Qualitative Research Mobile Implementation Officer, Medicines sans Frontieres (MSF).
  •  Mahamed Aman, Mahamed Said Reception Centre for migrants and Asylum Seekers in Lampedusa (Italy)

The event is free of charge and no booking is required. For any enquiry, please contact the Centre of African Studies, Edinburgh.

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