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29th April, 2015, Deaths at Sea: And What?

Deaths at sea: and what? An evening of film and discussion

5.30 to 7.30pm, Weds, 29th April, 2015

B4, Institute of Criminology

Following the recent drowning of over 900 people in a single day, trying to reach the European coasts, how do we respond?

CAMMIGRES (Cambridge Migration Research Network) Forum hosted the screening of the award-winning film “A Land of Transit”, followed by a panel & audience discussion with Dr Geoffrey Edwards, Senior Fellow and Emeritus Reader in European Studies, Department of Politics and International Studies, Dr Sara Silvestri, Affiliated Lecturer, Department of Politics and International Studies & Dr Thomas Jeffrey Miley, Lecturer in Political Sociology, University of Cambridge, alongside the Director of the film, Paolo Martino.

The discussion was opened with the challenge posed by UN Special Rapporteur Francois Crepeau “Instead of resisting migration, let’s organise it”, hoping to challenge the political exigencies that permitted an ultimately horrifically inhumane decision to stop funding EU search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean and to ask what kinds of approach to migration policies would adequately respect the lives of those fleeing war, persecution and economic hardship, and to what extent we must heed the fears of potential host country citizens/electorates in relation to the impacts of immigration.

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Launched in January 2014, by Co-Founders Professors Madeleine Arnot and Loraine Gelsthorpe, and Research Associate Dr Jessica Wheeler, the Cambridge Migration Research Network, funded by the Vice-Chancellor’s Endowment Fund, brings together a superb tract of migration research, spanning 23 University of Cambridge faculties, departments and centres, including researchers in anthropology, archaeology, history, politics, economics and land economy, geography, sociology, gender studies, psychology, health and education studies, management studies, linguistics, theology, criminology and law.

CAMMIGRES researchers' interests orient around the impacts of past and present migration in relation to human evolution and development, social, legal, and economic policy, governance, professional knowledge, institutional practice and social relations.