SOAS University of London

Centre of African Studies

Forced to Flee-With millions on the move, the world must do better. But how?

Valerie Amos, Kelly Clements, Dominik Stillhart, Samina Ahmed

Date: 7 November 2016Time: 6:00 PM

Finishes: 7 November 2016Time: 7:30 PM

Venue: Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) Room: MacMillan Hall

Type of Event: Conference

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), SOAS, University of London (SOAS), Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), British Red Cross and the University of Exeter invite you to a public event on forced displacement.

An unprecedented 65.3 million people are forcibly displaced in the world today, including 21.3 million refugees. These people have been driven from their homes by hunger, persecution, war and economic instability and can find themselves in squalid, unsafe conditions, abused by those who should be looking out for them, and bereft of the protection they are entitled to under international law.

On 19th and 20th September 2016 States came together in New York to pledge to make life better for these people. They committed to taking in refugees and asylum seekers and giving money to countries struggling with the pressure additional people place on their infrastructure and resources.

Is it enough? What more needs to be done? Are States providing adequate protection and assistance to those in need? What is life like for an internally displaced person, a migrant or refugee today? Can aid agencies respond effectively to these ever more complex and protracted displacement crises? How do we prevent people being forced to leave their homes and livelihoods?


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Forced to Flee-With millions on the move, the world must do better. But how?


  • Valerie Amos, Director, SOAS , University of London
  • Kelly Clements, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees 
  • Dominik Stillhart, Director of Operations, ICRC 
  • Samina Ahmed, ICG South Asia Director


  • Lauren Taylor, Al Jazeera English

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