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The refugee crisis

The University of Edinburgh’s Big Idea podcast series has dedicated its latest episode to the refugee and migrant crisis in Europe.

 Refugees at Keleti railway station in Budapest, September 2015.
Refugees at Keleti railway station in Budapest, September 2015.

Three experts from across the University look at the underlying causes for the displacement of millions of people, such as the civil war in Syria and the influence of so-called Islamic State. They discuss how the crisis is challenging the European Union’s foundations, consider the language used when discussing refugees, and ask whether the UK is doing enough to help.

Our speakers

Dr Thomas Pierret

Lecturer in contemporary Islam, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

The current strategy of bombing Islamic State is irrelevant as far as the refugee crisis is concerned.

Dr Steve Kirkwood

Lecturer in Social Work, expert in asylum seekers

Edinburgh doubles in size during the festival, showing we can take in more people if we need to.

Nina Perkowski

PhD candidate in Politics and International Relations, specialising in EU border management and security

Is this the beginning of the end for freedom of movement across European Union? The member states need to ask whether this is a principle they value.

What's the Big Idea?

The Big Idea is a free monthly podcast featuring academics bringing their expertise and research to bear on contemporary issues and breaking news.

Now in its third year, The Big Idea has looked at everything from the Scottish independence debate and Russian nationalism to the ghost stories of the Enlightenment and all-female roller derbies.

Designed for an engaged and interested public, the podcasts are a great way to hear about the University’s work presented in an accessible manner.

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