Panel Discussion: Future Challenges in Refugee Protection - Movement and Responses

Panel Discussion: Future Challenges in Refugee Protection - Movement and Responses
17 October 2019, 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Montague Room, G26, Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU

The International Refugee Law Seminar Series, sponsored by the Refugee Law Initiative at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, provides a public space for discussion, promotion and dissemination of research between academics, practitioners, students and others with an interest in the refugee and forced migration field.

10th International Refugee Law Seminar Series

The 10th International Refugee Law Seminar Series is held jointly with UNHCR to present discussion and analysis of key issues in refugee law and policy.

This series will explore the future of refugee protection in a  global community. It will frame those discussions within the current 'blueprint' of the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR). Bringing together a range of speakers from academic, policy and lived experience, the series will present varied perspectives on the development of refugee protection and promote the visibility of, and engagement with, the GCR within UK academic and public audiences.

Panel Discussion: Future Challenges in Refugee Protection - Movements and Responses


Debates about refugees tend to be oriented to short-term exigencies. What happens, though, if we switch our focus to the long-term, gaze into the crystal ball and try to predict the future? How might such debates play out in the next 25 years? Setting the scene for the rest of the series, the three speakers in this panel session will each offer a speculative view (in 15 minutes) of the future, drawing on their respective areas of present-day expertise: Professor Nando Sigona (refugee movements and trends), Professor Richard Black (politics and climate), Rossella Pagliuchi-Lor (UNHCR perspective).


Professor Nando Sigona (University of Birmingham) is a social scientist with over fifteen years research and teaching experience in migration, refugee, citizenship and ethnic studies. He is Deputy Director of the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) and a Research Associate at the University of Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre.

Professor Richard Black is Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Social Sciences at the University of Birmingham.  An academic geographer and Professor of International Development, he has been a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences since 2012.

Rossella Pagliuchi-Lor took up her post as UNHCR’s Representative to the UK in December 2018. Prior to this she had served two years as Director for External Relations at UNHCR‘s Headquarters in Geneva. Ms Pagliuchi-Lor has over 30 years of experience in refugee and humanitarian work, and has served UNHCR in a diverse country contexts, including Pakistan, Nepal, Iraq, Kenya, Belgium, Hungary and Italy. Ms. Pagliuchi-Lor holds a Master’s degree in Political Science (International Relations) from the University ‘La Sapienza’ in Rome, Italy.

Photograph © UNHCR/Sebastian Rich


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