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Cities of Refuge

Cities of Refuge
6.00 pm, Thursday, 28 February 2013
RIBA Hub
113-115, Portland Street
Manchester
M1 6DW

Asylum and refuge are highly contested and often politicised topics. Successive UK governments have promised to “get tough” on immigration which often leads to the targeting of a precarious population of asylum seekers and refugees who are unable to return to their country of nationality. Negative rhetoric, including the term “bogus asylum seeker”, and tactics such as the dispersal and detention of asylum seekers are deployed as a result. This session of the Urbis Research Forum intends to explore these topics from an alternative angle, looking at how activist and faith based organisations respond to the problems faced by asylum seekers and refugees. Bringing together a panel of academics, researchers and activists this session also explores the experience and links between asylum and the city, including Manchester.

Panelists:

Jonathan Darling (University of Manchester)
Mark Cloherty (Boaz Trust)
Mark Rainey (Goldsmiths / Queen Mary)

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