Talking Migration: What is the right to asylum and why are people crossing the Med?

Talking Migration: What is the right to asylum and why are people crossing the Med?

Talking migration features Professor Heaven Crawley in one of their podcasts debating the right to asylum and Europe’s response to the refugee crisis. The conversation is led by Professor David Owen, Professor in Social and Political Philosophy at the University of Southampton, and David Goodhart, Director of the Integration Hub and former director of Demos. Heaven gives an overview of the MEDMIG research project [33 minutes into the podcast] discussing the first findings, which show the increasing number of families travelling from Turkey to Greece, and that there are mixed motivations behind these journeys.

Heaven comments that “people who maybe moved to Libya for work have found themselves being caught up in a lawless situation where they effectively turn into refugees. So this idea that people are either economic migrants or refugees is challenged by our evidence”. The Talking migration podcasts are produced by Dr Clara Sandelind at the University of Huddersfield, supported by the Centre for Research in the Social Sciences and the Division of Journalism and Media.

The podcast can be listened to here.