HUMAN RIGHTS TALK: A Life on Hold – Refugee Resettlements in the EU

Hundreds of thousands of refugees are stuck in limbo. They cannot go home because of war and persecution. Some end up in refugee camps that are unsafe and located near conflict areas for months, even years at a time. Others live in situations that leave them vulnerable, exposed to abuse or unable to access fundamental human rights. For some of these refugees, the only hope is to be accepted for resettlement by another country that will give them a chance to restart their lives in safety.

The European Union currently offers between 4,000 and 5,000 places each year, while some member states, such as Austria, present no resettlement programmes. Comparing to the over 50,000 places offered by the USA, 7,000 places by Canada and 6,000 by Australia in recent years, there is an immininent call for the EU to increase its resettlement places.

After the welcome address of Dirk Fassbender (Austrian Representation of the European Commission) and Heinz Patzelt (Amnesty International), Bernhard Perchinig (Migration researcher), Charlotte Phillips (Refugee and Migrants' Rights Team, Amnesty International/ IS), Christoph Pinter (UNHCR), Marcin Pruss (European Commission) will be discussing the resettlement agreements and programmes in the member states of the European Union and their responsibility towards refugees and asylum seekers. The event will be moderated by Manfred Nowak (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights) The discussion is organised in cooperation with Amnesty International and the House of the European Union organisiert.

The event is held in English!

Furthermore we would like to point out that the recordings of previous HUMAN RIGHTS TALKS are available at http://zige.tv/.

Following the discussion, the Research Platform “Human Rights in the European Context” and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights would like to invite you to join the subsequent reception.

The series of events takes place in cooperation with juridikum, journal for critique | Justice | society, derStandard.at and zige.tv

The admission is free, for logistical reasons we ask you to register at humanrightstalk@univie.ac.at!

Ort: 
Haus der Europäischen Union (Wipplingerstrasse 35 1010 Wien)