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Olive Tree Forum: ISIS and Migrants in the European Imagination




Series: Olive Tree Middle East Forum

Location: Room A130, College Building

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has warned that Europe cannot take in all the migrants seeking refuge from the wars in Syria and Iraq, on the grounds that 'our societies will be totally destabilised'. Last year, Hungarian PM Viktor Orban claimed that fighters are among the refugees making it to European shores. Following revelations about allegedly organised groups of migrant men assaulting women during New Year's Eve celebrations in Cologne, the notion that asylum-seekers can pose a threat to 'European values' has been much discussed. Yet among those volunteering to join the ranks of ISIS are young people born and brought up in Europe.

To help disentangle the mix of fears, myths, statistics and political realities, the Forum will hear from:

Zoe Williams: writer, journalist, broadcaster, Guardian Columnist and author of several books including Get it Together: Why we deserve better politics.

Mette Rodgers: UK/Europe Correspondent for the Danish Dagbladet Information since 2009. In recent years she has in particular been following the refugee crisis, the euro crisis and the British renegotiations with the EU. Earlier in her career Mette lived in and reported from Russia, the Gaza Strip and Copenhagen.

Dr Mattia Toaldo: Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations whose research includes work on Migrations, EU policy in the southern Mediterranean and Libya, as well as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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6.00pm - 7.30pmThursday 10th March 2016

College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB UK

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