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Refugee crisis lecture will be centrepiece of CRMC annual meeting

THE refugee crisis in the Mediterranean will be the subject of a lecture in Coventry by one of the country’s leading experts on migration.

Professor Heaven Crawley of Coventry University’s Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, will give the hour-long lecture entitled “Unravelling the Mediterranean Migration Crisis”, as part of the annual meeting of the Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre.

The event is on Thursday, April 28, starting at 4pm, at the university’s Humber lecture theatre, in the George Eliot Building.

Professor Crawley is widely regarded as one of the UK’s leading experts on migration and asylum. She has more than 20 years’ experience of research into the subject, and now leads research at the CTPSR into migration, displacement and belonging.

She has been head of asylum and migration research at the Home Office, and Associate Director at the Institute of Public Policy Research. She has also managed an international research consultancy, and has served as a specialist advisor to the Parliamentary Home Affairs Committee and Joint Committee on Human Rights.

The refugee crisis has unfolded as a rising number of people displaced by violence in the Middle East and Africa have chosen to make the perilous journey to the European Union to seek asylum. It has been estimated that EU countries received more than 1.2 million first-time asylum applications in 2015 alone. But thousands of people have died trying to cross the Mediterranean to reach safety.

Prof Crawley’s lecture on the crisis will be the centrepiece of the CRMC annual meeting. Other speakers at the event will include the Bishop of Coventry, the Rt Rev Christopher Cocksworth, who is Patron of the CRMC, and Sabir Zazai, its Director.

There will be refreshments and an opportunity for networking.

To attend the AGM and the lecture, please register by logging on to http://www.coventry.ac.uk/proflectures1516 Scroll down to click on Prof Crawley’s lecture and enter your details on the registration page. Or phone 02477 658 236.

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