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Migration, the lightning rod of the EU referendum

The EU-Turkey deal should have no role in the Brexit debate, yet it brings the crucial question of the European Union and migration into focus at an inopportune time.
14 April 2016
Uta Staiger
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Starts: Apr 14, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Unsettling times for a settled population? Polish perspectives on Brexit

Many Poles have lived, worked, and settled in the UK for up to 12 years now. Anne White, Professor of Polish Studies at the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies, says it’s no longer so easy for them to pick up and leave.
14 April 2016
Anne White
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Starts: Apr 14, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Some thoughts on the psycho-geography of Europe’s free movement

Eastern European migration takes place in a very different context than it once did. Eva Hoffman, author and essayist, asks what drives people to leave, and what drives them back again? This piece is part of the UCL European Institute’s commissioning partnership with openDemocracy.
7 April 2016
Eva Hoffman
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Starts: Apr 7, 2016 12:00:00 AM

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Promoting LGBT rights at home and abroad: the role of the European Union


The 2013 Sakharov Debate aimed to critically examine the state of LGBT rights in Europe, with a particular focus on the role of the EU in promoting same-sex equality among EU member-states and in states outside the EU. As in the two previous years, it was organised jointly with the European Parliament UK Office.


Speakers:
  • Anna Grodzka (first transgender MP, Poland)
  • Michael Cashman MEP (Co-President of the European Parliament's Intergroup on LGBT Rights)
  • Robert Wintermute (School of Law, King's College London) 
  • Richard Mole (UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies)
  • Chair: Patrick Strudwick (journalist)
  • Welcome: Sir Stephen Wall (UCL Council, former UK Permanent Representative to the EU)

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in June 2011 that 'acts of violence committed against individuals because of their sexual orientation and gender identity’ was ‘an attack on the universal values that the United Nations and I have sworn to defend and uphold’.

While respecting LGBT rights is promoted by the UN as a universal value, this view is far from being universally accepted.

Europe has emerged as a world-leader in terms of the respect for and protection of LGBT rights. Especially since the inclusion of sexual orientation in the equalities agenda of the European Union through Article 13 of the Amsterdam Treaty, there has been increased pressure at the European level for the existing members and accession states to promote the equal rights of their LGBT citizens.


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