Monday, November 11, 2019

The Power of a Movement: students standing with refugees - STAR’s student conference is back!

Learn about what’s going on currently in the UK and Europe, the reality of the UK asylum system from those that have experienced it, and how you can challenge hostile environment policies – as well as how to make your campus truly welcoming and accessible.

Book tickets here – can’t wait to see you there!


National Student Conference: Saturday 23rd November 2019, London

The numbers of people forced to flee their homes and seek refugee protection because of war and persecution continues to rise. At the same time in Europe and across the globe we are experiencing a tide of rising anti-immigration and refugee sentiment, increasingly restrictive border controls and a lack of international solidarity – in particular from the wealthiest countries. Here in the UK, “hostile environment” policies are making the lives of those coming to the UK to seek protection very challenging.

BUT there is also a powerful student movement of welcome with a long history. STAR is one example of what can happen when students decide to take action – it was formed by a small group of students at Nottingham University 25 years ago and today is a network of 35,000 – but there is much more!

Join us to find out about how students have been making a difference, to learn about the current context and challenges for people seeking asylum and to get the tools you need to make change.

Speakers and workshop lineup We’ve got an amazing line of speakers and workshops for you including…

Shrouk el Attar – electronics engineer, belly dancer, LGBT+ rights activist and refugee from Egypt. She was named as one of the 100 most influential women in the world of 2018 by the BBC, and Young Woman of the Year 2018 at the UNHCR Women on the Move Awards.

Maurice Wren, Chief Executive of the Refugee Council, – Maurice joined the Refugee Council as Chief Executive in March 2013, following twelve years as Director of Asylum Aid, a charity providing legal representation to people seeking refugee protection. He also co-founded the Independent Asylum Commission in 2007 and Detention Forum in 2009, and is presently Co-Chair of the National Asylum Stakeholder Forum at the Home Office and Chair of UK Refugee Week.

Marta Welander, Executive Director of Refugee Rights Europe

The All African Women’s Group running a workshop to give you an insight into what the asylum process is really like.

The Asylum Matters team will be running a workshop so you can find out how you can challenge the unfair and devastating policy that bans people seeking asylum from working.

STAR’s Equal Access campaigners with lived experience & University of Sanctuary will tell you what practical steps you can take to create a culture of welcome on your campus!

And there is more to be announced soon!

Join us in London on the 23rd November 2019 to learn, share and engage to find out how you can be part of the movement.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Important Information

STAR conference is only open to students. We also welcome people seeking asylum and refugees who want to go to university, bursaries are available. Contact [email][/email] for more information

Registration on the day will open at 10:00 and close at 10:50. The conference will start at 11:00 and finish at 17:00.

The venue will be in London EC1. Ticket holders will be sent full details in advance of the event. STAR reserves the right to refuse entry.

Posted by STAR team on 11/11/2019 at 01:27 PM