“The New Arrivals”. Presentation and film screenings. The Guardian and El País projects.

Key information

6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Paul Webley Wing (Senate House)
SOAS Alumni Lecture Theatre (SALT)

About this event

Q&A with the directors: Kate Lyons ( The Guardian ) and videoconference with Naiara Galarraga ( El País )

Chaired by Dr Marcos Centeno (SOAS)

Type of Event: Short-film screenings and Talk


THE NEW ARRIVALS is an ambitious long-term collaborative news project focusing on the experiences of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants who have come to Europe. Four leading newspapers - The Guardian in the UK, Le Monde in France, El Pais in Spain and Der Spiegel in Germany - are exploring the impact of the large waves of immigration to Europe over the past few years, by following a group of refugees or migrants in their respective countries for 18 months. Through this reporting, each newspaper will explore the issues of immigration policy in their countries, attitudes to immigration, and the personal experiences of refugees and immigrants, to answer the questions: how have new arrivals to Europe changed the communities they have arrived to, and what has their experience, and their welcome been, in the countries they now call home?


Kate Lyons is a commissioning editor for the Guardian’s Special Projects desk, which is responsible for running topical news series and special investigations. She is currently the commissioning editor and lead reporter for the Guardian’s New Arrivals series, a long-term project focusing on the experience of asylum seekers and refugees in Europe. She joined the Guardian after moving to the UK from her native Australia, where she previously wrote for the Sydney Morning Herald and Daily Mail Australia.

Naiara Galarraga has been a journalist for El País since1996, and she is the coordinator of “The New Arrivals” project in Spain. She has been the newspaper’s special correspondent in the Philippines, North Korea, Gaza, Norway, Sweden, the Baltic countries, Guatemala, and more. She trained in the Mexican department of the newspaper before moving to Basque country and Madrid, where she worked in the National, Society and International sections. She has also been a correspondent for both Cuatro and CNN+ in Jerusalem (2005-2010). She has been the head of the El País international section since May 2014.

Organiser: Centre for Film Studies

Contact email: mc100@soas.ac.uk