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IICE - The Ukraine Crisis in Context: The Past and Future of Asylum practice in the UK

The International Institute for Cultural Enquiry (IICE) hosts this event in collaboration with the University of Exeter's (UoE) Routes: Migration, Mobility and Displacement Network, and the Ukraine Advice Project.

Date: Monday 23rd May 2022
Time: 12:30 – 14:00
Where: On-line via Zoom.

Please register here. Registration closes on 20th May.


The British government's response to refugees from Ukraine has coincided with the passing of the Nationality and Borders Act and the announcement of plans to outsource refugee protection to Rwanda. These events suggest a drive to differentiate between refugees based on criteria that are not supported by international law, and aim to reduce or outsource government obligations under the Refugee Convention. This seminar will discuss the schemes that apply specifically to Ukrainian nationals in the wider context of the Act, and of developments in the system for refugee protection in the UK. It will take a comparative view, looking at Canada's private refugee sponsorship programme, and a historical one, considering when and how British governments have been selective in their acceptance of refugees. The seminar will consider whether these new developments indicate a long term change in the system of refugee protection within the UK.

Chair: Helena Wray – UoE Routes: Migration, Mobility and Displacement Network


Alison Harvey – No5 Barristers Chambers
Professor Audrey Macklin- University of Toronto
Colin Yeo- Garden Court Chambers
John Vassiliou- Shepherd and Wedderburn
Miranda Butler – Landmark Chambers

International Institute for Cultural Enquiry, University of Exeter
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