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A shambolic response to the Ukrainian refugee crisis

This article was originally submitted on the 12th March 2022 For the past few weeks, one thing has dominated the news: the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Thousands of people – both soldiers and civilians – have been killed in the conflict so far, with Putin threatening further tragedies. Millions have already been forced to flee […]

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The Afghan crisis: how students can help

Approximately 10,000 Afghans will be resettled in the UK this year following the Taliban takeover. After more than four decades of conflict, Afghanistan now has 3 million internally displaced people. A further 2.6 million have been forced to become refugees in other countries such as Pakistan and Iran. This major displacement crisis has worsened with […]

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Meet Debora Kayembe: activist, human rights lawyer and Edinburgh University’s new Rector

CW: anti-Blackness, racism Last week the exciting appointment of Debora Kayembe as the 54th Rector of Edinburgh University was announced. The top Scottish human rights lawyer ran unopposed for the role and will assume her position on the 1st of March. With an impressive background in law and linguistics, she makes history as she becomes only the […]

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The Museum Without a Home at Chrystal Macmillan

The Museum Without A Home: An Exhibition of Hospitality at the Chrystal Macmillan, conceived and curated by Oxfam, Amnesty International and Student Action for Refugees, seeks to celebrate small acts of kindness which have a big impact on the lives of refugees. The exhibition holds various items, all donations from Greeks to refugees who have […]

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When governments fail to act, we need to stand up for refugees

In 2019, the number of displaced people around the world will likely surpass 70 million, a figure that eclipses the population of the United Kingdom.  A tragedy arguably unmatched in human history, this poses an existential challenge to humanitarian agencies and governments alike. While the civil conflict in Syria and ethnic cleansing in Myanmar grab […]

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Mass deportations are not the answer to the refugee crisis

The German Interior Ministry’s recent decision to deport newly arrived migrants back to Greece by March puts further question marks over Europe’s response to the ongoing refugee crisis. Two years ago, ‘Human Rights Watch’ accused Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia of playing ‘human Ping-Pong’ with thousands of stranded Rohingya Muslims. Now European nations appear to be […]