The Refugee Crisis

facts, myths, numbers and solutions

Media:  Talk   

October 11, 2016

Byens Lys

Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen

Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen is Research Director at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in Lund. Previously, he was the head of the Research Department for the Danish Institute for Human Rights. He is honorary professor of law at Aarhus University. His research focuses on international human rights law, refugee law, immigration, legal theory, and law and politics. Homepage

Debre Damo Dining Orchestra

Nørrebro-based orchestra mixing Ethiopian-jazz with other genres. Their single debut in 2014 on BBC radio 6 with the renowned DJ and radio host Gilles Peterson. Skeme Richards from the hip hop collective 'Rock Steady Crew’ says that he can find elements of doom and psych rock. The band members have a background in bands like Whoareyoupeople, The Floor is Made of lava and Laburnum. Their first album was just released. Homepage

Everyone has heard about the refugee crisis and this is by no means a coincidence: the world is currently experiencing the largest number of refugees and displaced persons since the the Second World War. Pictures of refugees marching along the highways through Europe placed the issue at the top of the political agenda. Borders have gone up and European states fiercely compete to adopt the most draconian measures to push asylum-seekers away. Meanwhile, countries in the Middle East are struggling to cope with millions of refugees, and thousands die each year in the attempt to reach Europe.

But how big a challenge is the current refugee crisis? How did it emerge? How does it affect the world’s refugee? What are the real number of refugees in Europe? Is it really true that they pressure Europe’s economic system in a serious way?How did we get to this?

Political science and international law are the research subjects that study this matter seriously. In this talk, Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen takes a step back to explain why the crisis emerged, how it affects the world’s refugees, why the current policies are failing and what kind of solutions might work instead. Going through the numbers, Gammeltoft-Hansen busts several myths often flaunted in the public discourse and highlights case studies that might help re-boot the current situation that seems to be stuck for while.

Afterwards, a brand new selection of cocktails to help digest the facts and clear out myths while Debre Damo Dinning Orchestra mixes Ethiopian-jazz with doom, kraut and psych rock and presents their brand new album.

Entrance to the event is free. No registration is necessary. Doors open at 19:00.

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