Human Rights Law Centre

Refugee Week 2022

For Refugee Week in 2022, the Forced Migration Unit worked with the Institute for Policy and Engagement and our other colleagues throughout the university to create a range of resources. Through these resources, we hope to educate people about current policy issues and debates relating to refugees and asylum seekers in the UK, as well as about the refugee experience and the challenges refugees face.

Dr Natalie Hodgson, head of the HRLC’s Forced Migration Unit, has written a blog post drawing on her experience researching Australia’s offshore detention system, in which she discusses the UK Government’s plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda for processing and resettlement. 

In a video interview, HRLC member Dr Thamil Ananthavinayagan spoke to the Institute about his upbringing as a child of refugees forced to leave Sri Lanka and move to Germany in the 1980s. He reflected on how this has shaped his approach to teaching and research.   

HRLC’s Refugee Clinic student caseworkers Oliver Leicester, Megan Firth, Dana Ali and Nimrah Taimour hosted an episode of the Institute’s podcast in which they discussed the Nationality and Borders Act, the UK government’s Rwanda scheme and other pressing issues facing refugees and asylum seekers today, with special guests: Baroness Sally Hamwee, member of the House of Lords; Sebastian Bretnall from the Nottingham & Notts Refugee Forum; and HRLC’s Dr Natalie Hodgson. 

The Institute for Policy and Engagement has also created a helpful infographic on issues related to refugees and asylum seekers globally, in collaboration with the HRLC. 

These resources will be published over the course of this week. 

Posted on Monday 20th June 2022

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