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Conference | Symposium

NGOs & Migration Management

Wednesday 31 August 2016

Today, the front pages of most European newspapers are dominated by stories about the current refugee crisis. In 2015, over 1 million people sought asylum in the EU. NGOs, such as VluchtelingenWerk Nederland and Amnesty International, are to the fore in efforts to help the newcomers. But this is not the first time that refugees have taken centre stage, or that NGOs have been so prominent in attempting to alleviate the issue.

This symposium aims to examine how NGOs have influenced Europe’s refugee policy from a historical perspective. Adding to the historical approach, we have speakers that will present us with the point of view of the present day political setting and experts that will share perspectives from inside the NGOs.

Main questions of discussion are: What role do NGOs play and what factors have contributed to the possible success or failure of NGOs’ advocacy work? 

Students are welcome to join. Please register @ t.s.vosters@hum.leidenuniv.nl - Admission will be € 10,- per person. Lunch, coffee and snacks are included throughout the day and we invite you to join for drinks directly after the symposium.

The symposium is organized by Marlou Schrover, Irial Glynn and Teuntje Vosters.

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