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Europe's Refugee Crisis in Context

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Europe's Refugee Crisis in Context

This presentation can be used with students and young people to explain the context of the European refugee crisis. It chronicles the events and internal divisions that have led to Europe's inability/unwillingness to deal with the largest movement of people since World War II.

This presentation can be used with students and young people to explain the context of the European refugee crisis. It chronicles the events and internal divisions that have led to Europe's inability/unwillingness to deal with the largest movement of people since World War II.

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  1. 1. Europe’s Refugee Crisis in Context Sylvia Arthur sylviaarthur.wordpress.com
  2. 2. The Power of Images
  3. 3. Facts and Statistics
  4. 4. 62% Percentage of those who have reached Europe who qualify for refugee status, according to the UN
  5. 5. 0.027% The percentage of migrants to have reached Europe this year as a proportion of the Europe’s total population of 740 million (200,000)
  6. 6. 1.2 million The number of Syrian refugees housed in Lebanon, a country with a total population of 4.5 million, 100 x smaller than the EU with 50 x as many refugees as the EU
  7. 7. 22,400 The number of migrants who’ve died trying to reach Europe between 1996 and 2014, according to the International Organisation for Migration
  8. 8. The largest wave of migrants since World War II
  9. 9. Public Opinion & Political Rhetoric
  10. 10. Populist politics Switzerland
  11. 11. Populist politics Switzerland
  12. 12. Populist politics Austria
  13. 13. The hypocrisy of the press
  14. 14. The Daily Mail
  15. 15. The Role of [Recent] History
  16. 16. Chronology Confluence of events that have divided and paralysed Europe ● The fall of the Wall, 1989 ● EU enlargement, 2004 ● Mass internal migration, 2004- 2013 ● The Great Recession, 2008 ● Euro crisis and contagion, 2009 ● Arab Spring, 2011 ● Nato bombing of Libya, 2011 ● Syria civil war, 2011-present ● Refugee crisis point, 2015
  17. 17. All Europeans are equal but some Europeans are more equal than others...
  18. 18. “...It’s hard for us to regard Europe as a whole as something that belongs to us, as our homeland, our inheritance. We are strangers in it; we come from outside, from lands about which Europe itself has only the vaguest notion and which it treats more like a threat than a part of itself.” - Andrzej Stasiuk, Fado
  19. 19. Europe’s existential crisis RaceCultureReligion Power History
  20. 20. Interventionism vs non-interventionism? Libya, 2011 Syria, 2011
  21. 21. Internal migration vs external migration UK, 2015 Hungary, 2015
  22. 22. “In the latest history, the history that is happening right now, our Third World Others are gaining ever greater and ever more meaningful subjectivity. That is the first thing, and secondly, there is an invasion happening…of representatives of the Third World into developed countries. …How prepared are we, the citizens of Europe, for this change? Not very, I’m afraid to say. We treat the Other above all as a stranger (yet the Other does not have to mean a stranger), as the representative of a separate species, but the most crucial point is that we treat him as a threat.” - Ryszard Kapuscinski, The Other
  23. 23. Art and Activism
  24. 24. Amnesty International Volunteers lie in 200 body bags on Brighton beach to highlight the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean (Getty) April 2015
  25. 25. The House of 28 Doors by the Berlin- Dresden artist group BEWEGUNG NURR ( Florian Göpfert/ Alekos Hofstetter/ Christian Steuer)
  26. 26. Activist Burials The Center for Political Beauty (Berlin) organised a series of symbolic burials of migrants at the German chancellery in June 2015. Changing the world with art.
  27. 27. Muhammed Lamin Jadama The work of photographer and activists Muhammed Lamin Jadama is tracing the quiet and dramatic moments of the refugees' daily lives. This image shows a man entering an Italian refugee camp, so far from everything that It's almost impossible to get in contact with society.
  28. 28. The Migrant’s Compass The work of South African editorial cartoonist, Brandan Reynolds
  29. 29. Opportunity in Crisis
  30. 30. Thanks for listening!

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