TRINITY College are hosting a ‘special debate’ on the Syrian Refugee crisis tomorrow.
Among the speakers expected to feature as part of the panel discussion are Susan Mc Monagle of the UN Refugee Agency, Maria Hennessy of the Irish Refugee Council and Syrian Lawyer Ghandhi Mallak who was just recently granted Irish citizenship after fleeing the Assad regime and securing refugee status in Ireland.
Trinity’s Free Legal Advice Centre [FLAC], who organised the event in conjunction with the college’s Amnesty society and the college’s ELSA society, said that, "the panel discussion will explore ways in which the refugee crisis can be alleviated and examine how the fundamental rights of these victims of conflict can be ensured.”
“The Syrian conflict has brought about the largest mass movement of refugees since World War II.
“Over 4 million Syrians have fled their homeland since 2011 and as huge numbers continue to leave in search of safety, Europe is struggling to cope.”
Trinity College FLAC's panel discussion will explore ways in which the crisis can be alleviated and examine how the fundamental rights of these victims of conflict can be ensured,” a statement from the FLAC society read.
Ms. Mc Monagle, “will discuss the work of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees [UNHCR] in tackling the migrant crisis” while Ms. Hennessy, “will examine Ireland’s responsibility towards asylum seekers and steps which the State should now take to resettle the refugees.”
Mr. Malla will, "share his experience of fleeing the Assad regime, securing refugee status in Ireland and smuggling family members into Europe.”
A Q&A session is also expected to take place following the panel discussion on Thursday evening.
The event will take place on Thursday 15th October at 7pm in the Thomas Davis Theatre in the Arts Block of Trinity College.