What’s been going on this week at Durham Amnesty?
Liv gave us a great presentation about refugees. We started out with some general information, and some all important definitions of key words:
Asylum seeker: a person who has applied for asylum under the 1951 Refugee Convention on the Status of Refugees
Refugee: an asylum seeker whose application has been successful
Economic migrant: a person who has left his own country and seeks by lawful or unlawful means to find employment in another country
This is important, because in the media these terms are often conflated. Check out here for more information at Migration Watch UK’s website.
We then went on to look at refugees in the context of Durham. Unhappily, the North East of England has seen one of the biggest rises in hate crimes in the country, and anti-refugee sentiment can be high. That’s why we, as part of Amnesty, want to show that refugees are welcome here, in our city and on our campus.
In the second part of the meeting we did some planning for events in the Week of Action that Amnesty International and Student Action for Refugees (STAR) are collaborating on, February 20-26th. We’re going to have some great things coming up, so stay tuned!
- Next Monday (January 23rd) Amnesty International are hosting a pub quiz at the Durham Students’ Union. Come along and test your human rights knowledge! Get there for 8 o’clock and bring some friends.
- There’s a great exhibition starting at the BALTIC art gallery in Newcastle, about the refugee crisis, called Disappearance at Sea – Mare Nostrum. Check it out between 27 January – 14 May 2017.
- Durham for Refugees are hosting A Taste of Syria on February 9th. Get down there for some delicious Syrian food to broaden your cultural and culinary horizons!