Refugees and the city

Tuesday October 20, 6pm

Room US 1.01, University Square, Stratford, London E15*


 Dr Jeff Crisp (Oxford University)

Prof Philip Marfleet (University of East London)


For almost 400 years Britain has been a sanctuary for people forced to flee wars and crises. Since Huguenot refugees escaped France in the 17th century to settle in Spitalfields, East London, the city has been a place of refuge for generations of displaced people.

Many refugees have been accepted – some have been rejected.

How has London responded to the needs of forced migrants?

What has been the impact on the city?

This meeting discusses refugees past and present. It addresses Europe’s current refugee crisis and the implications for migration to the UK and for London and its communities.

Jeff Crisp is research associate at the Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford University. He was Head of Policy Development and Evaluation at the UNHCR, Director for Policy and Advocacy at Refugees International, and Director of Policy and Research at the Global Commission on International Migration. His book Asylum, migration and humanitarian action collects many of his key publications on refugee issues.

Philip Marfleet is Professor of Migration and Refugee Studies at UEL. He has written extensively on refugee histories and on urban refugees. His book Refugees in a Global Era examines forced migration and refugee policies in the 21st century.

All welcome to this meeting. University Square Stratford is at 1 Salway Rd,

London E15 1NF, close to Stratford station (Central & Jubilee Lines, overground)

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