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Students Without Borders: Responding to the Refugee Crisis

Where: Paterson's Land, G1

'Since the start of this year, more than 350,000 refugees have travelled from war-torn countries such as Iraq, Syria, and Libya in order to make a dangerous journey into the EU. Stories of refugee lives and experiences have dominated our media, our politics and our rhetoric: images of overcrowded boats crossing the Mediterranean; a lorry on the side of a road in Austria; barbed wire surrounding the 'Jungle' in Calais. But this is also a story of hope, of love and compassion. This is a story of solidarity for the individuals that are more than 'refugees, asylum seekers, or economic migrants'. We have seen throughout Europe the power of the grassroots community to come together in order to help shape the future of this crisis.


We believe that critical engagement is important in shaping discourse about this situation – and that with it, we can help make a difference. At the University of Edinburgh #StudentsWithoutBorders are holding a FREE evening of activism, discussion, breakout groups and workshops to tackle the question: how should we as students respond to the refugee crisis?


Is refugee health a top priority? Can we affect barriers to integration? How should a refugee camp be designed? Or should we focus on refugee empowerment? How can an individual be an effective activist? What is the political impact of our aid efforts; what is the political and economic impact of the refugee influx?Expert guest facilitators will hold six discussion groups on these different aspects of the refugee crisis. It is up to you to decide which is our most pressing problem - and to brainstorm some solutions.


This event is jointly organised by the Edinburgh University International Development Society, Student Action For Refugees, LIVED, Edinburgh UNICEF on Campus, Edinburgh Engineers Without Borders and Edinburgh Friends of MSF.

It is sponsored by the Global Development Academy, and is part of a series of roundtable discussions on the refugee crisis and Scotland.

There will be dinner and refreshments.'