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People on the Move: Dilemmas in a ‘Policy-Made Humanitarian Crisis’

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Time and Location

May 16, Wednesday
Registration: 6:30-7:00 pm
Talk and Q&A: 7:00-8:30 pm

Yale Center Beijing
8 Jianguomenwai Avenue, 36th Floor, Tower B, IFC Building (Yong’anli Station, Exit C)

Registration and Fees

Purchase in advance: Free for students; RMB 80 for others. Purchase at the door: RMB 100.

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The Event

Borders have increasingly become hostile environments for people on the move, especially for the 65 million people who have had to leave their homes due to a well-founded fear of persecution. Their move to safety, and those who seek to help, have been criminalized and seen as threats to national security. Governments have sought to externalize their borders, denying those on the move, their rights to seek asylum. As individuals take on more perilous journeys to refuge, they are at the mercy of smugglers, torturers and increasingly insensitive politicians. How should humanitarians deal with this political failure? How should they counter morally in-defensible legal policies that lead to untold suffering and stand in the way of humanitarians’ attempts to alleviate it?


The language of the event will be English.

The Speakers

Dr. Unni Karunakara
MPH '95, Senior Fellow of the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University, Visiting Professor at Manipal University

Unni Karunakara (MB, BS, MPH ’95, DrPH), has been a humanitarian worker and a public health physician for more than two decades, with extensive experience in the delivery of health care to neglected populations affected by conflict, disasters, epidemics, and neglect in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. He was was Medical Director of the humanitarian medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) / Doctors Without Borders’ Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines (2005–2007) and later its International President (2010–2013). Unni serves on the Board of Directors of Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi) India and MSF Holland. In 2002, he co-founded VIVO, an organisation that works toward overcoming and preventing traumatic stress and its consequences. Unni is currently a Senior Fellow of the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University, and a Visiting Professor at Manipal University.

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