Glasgow Refugee Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet)

Bringing together researchers, practitioners and policy makers working with migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in Scotland

Film Series: Welcome to Refugeestan

As part of Refugee Week, and to mark World Refugee Day, the GRAMNet and BEMIS Film Series brings you this excellent documentary Welcome to Refugeestan. Join us on Wednesday 21st June at 6pm at the CCA for this final screening of this years series.

Documentary: France (2016)
Director: Anne Poiret
Running time: 52 mins
English, French, Arab, Kirundi, Kishwahili with English subtitles

This film focuses on the way the UNHCR manages camps that shelter more than 16million refugees all around the world, creating a virtual country as large as the Netherlands. How does the UNHCR run these camps and train its representatives? How can they deal with the urgent needs of thousands of new refugees that arrive each day? How has this emergency response turned into a durable situation with an average stay of over fifteen years? What are the long-term perspectives for this kind of response to humanitarian urgency?

Shot all around the world – Kenya, Tanzania, Jordan, the border of Greece/Macedonia – and in the UNHCR offices.

We are delighted to announce that GRAMNet co-convener Dr Ben White will join us to give a presentation on the issues raised by the film. Benjamin Thomas White teaches history at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, where he is also a member of the Glasgow Refugee, Asylum, and Migration Network (GRAMNet). A Middle East historian by background, he now teaches the history of refugees in the world since the late nineteenth century, and is doing research on the global history of the refugee camp. You can read about some of Dr White’s work on refugees in Syrian history on the blog, here.

The audience is warmly invited to join us in the CCA cafe following the screening for refreshments and to continue our informal discussion session. This screening is sponsored by the Equality and Diversity Unit, University of Glasgow

Doors open at 5.45pm. Screenings start at 6.00pm.

As usual, screenings are free and welcome to all (age restrictions may apply). To guarantee a seat please come early, as tickets are on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis.


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