RLI 'Terrorism and Asylum' Workshop: Report Published

Tuesday 23 January 2018

Workshop: ‘Terrorism and Asylum’
Refugee Law Initiative, University of London
Friday 8 December 2017

Fears that refugee flows may facilitate the entry of terrorist elements are amply demonstrated by State responses to the refugee crises in Syria and Iraq. Such concerns about the prevalence of terrorism in today’s world have direct consequences for the legal protection of refugees and asylum-seekers. 

The ‘Terrorism and Asylum’ Workshop was held at the University of London’s School of Advanced Study on Friday 8th December 2017, hosted by the Refugee Law Initiative (RLI) aimed to promote reflection on links between ‘terrorism’ and ‘asylum’ on the part of scholars and practitioners working in these separate fields. It featured three panel sessions, at which were presented 12 original papers that covered terrorism and asylum from the perspective of these three key legal and policy perspectives: securitisation; anti-terrorism measures; and, exclusion from asylum. The 39 registered participants actively engaged in the workshop proceedings and participated in panel discussions following the paper presentations.

This report provides a brief summary of the key findings and conclusions of the Workshop and identifies a number of new areas of research to address the apparent conflation of terrorism and asylum and the need to develop evidence-based public policies that not only address the security needs of States but uphold the fundamental human rights of those who are forcibly displaced by extreme violence, including terrorism.