Return of the European Refugee Camp

This session explores the migration emergency in Europe which is leading increased numbers of asylum-seekers and migrants to live informal lives in European towns and cities. Research carried out by Dr Arshad Isakjee at the University of Liverpool and other at institutions is starting to show how, in the absence of formal support, many migrants are resorting to constructing their own shelter and having to find ways to feed themselves and remain healthy. Living in informal camps such as the one in Calais can have profound impacts on the health of migrants – but it is also a symptom of a wider political crisis in which European countries are failing to adhere to liberal and humanitarian principles.

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