GCU to host migration seminar

03 August 2015

GCU's Dr Ima Jackson will chair the event

GCU's Dr Ima Jackson will chair the event

Glasgow Caledonian University’s (GCU) School of Health and Life Sciences will host a seminar on migration on Friday, August 14.

The event, in collaboration with the Glasgow Refugee Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet), which is funded by the University of Glasgow, will bring together researchers, practitioners, NGOs, policy makers and migrants from across Scotland.

Lilja Gretarsdottir, Senior Advisor on Migration in the Council of Europe, will give the keynote lecture on current EU migration policy changes and their impact on society.

Other speakers will include a representative from the Scottish Government’s Migration Strategy team and Nazek Ramadan, Director of Migrant Voice, a migrant-led organisation working to strengthen the voice, participation and representation of migrants in the media. Ms Ramadan will discuss efforts to correct the imbalance in the way migrants are represented across media.

Professors Rebecca Kay and Alison Phipps from GRAMNet will present on how to engage and respond to migration through research and policy.

GCU’s Dr Ima Jackson, Nursing Lecturer in the School of Health and Life Sciences and a member of GRAMNet’s steering group, will chair the event.

She said: “Migration is creating one of the biggest social changes in Scotland in recent times, with international students and workers coming to Scotland in unprecedented levels.

“Alongside this, the desperate experience of people crossing the Mediterranean is documented in the press almost every day. This event will look at how European countries have responded to this situation and will explore how Scotland can respond to migration."

The event will take place from 11am to 1.30pm in the GCU LEAD area of the William Harley Building.