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Refugee Council representative discusses migrant crisis with students

Talk was part of Practitioners Seminar Series, run by Department of International Politics

by Ed Grover (Senior Communications Officer)

Helen Johnson, of the Refugee Council, recently visited City University London to speak to students about the current difficulties facing migrants arriving in Europe.

The talk focused on the struggles of asylum seekers who are applying for protection in the UK and other nations across the continent.

Speaking to postgraduate students in the Department of International Politics, Helen also discussed the challenges experienced by those who are successfully granted refugee status and explained the complexities of the asylum system.

The Operations Manager for the children’s section for the charity, Helen involved students in activities during her talk to illustrate the difficulties facing young refugees.

The presentation, which was part of the department’s Practitioners Seminar Series, included a description of Helen’s own work, which focuses on unaccompanied children who have been granted asylum.

Students heard how these young refugees face an additional level of hardship in making a new life for themselves in the UK.

To give a sense of the scale of current international migration, Helen revealed statistics about the countries that take in the most migrants and asylum seekers.

The talk included an overview of the work carried out by the Refugee Council. The organisation supports refugees and people seeking asylum in the UK, offering practical support, advice and helping them rebuild their lives.

The presentation was organised by Dr Joe Hoover, a Lecturer in International Politics and programme director for the MA International Politics and Human Rights.

For more information about the Refugee Council, visit its website:

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