GCU teams up with Poverty Alliance for austerity round table

06 April 2017

GCU teams up with Poverty Alliance for austerity round table

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) and the Poverty Alliance are hosting a roundtable discussion focused on Solidarity and Public Support for Migrants, Refugees, Disabled and the Unemployed under Austerity.

Following the global financial crisis and subsequent austerity measures, an influx of refugees from Syria and migrants from across the world, and the vote by the British electorate to leave the European Union, this is a period of deep political uncertainty and humanitarian crises.

Public spending cuts have been accompanied (and justified) by an intensification of discourses distinguishing between those portrayed as ‘deserving’ and those who are ‘undeserving’ of public sympathy and welfare support.

At the same time, and in contrast to the rhetoric and measures which divide the ‘deserving’ from the 'undeserving’, there has emerged a variety of organisations and movements across Europe which act in solidarity with the unemployed, disabled people, migrants and refugees seeking asylum. This solidarity is expressed various ways – from practical assistance with everyday needs to political protest – and reflects a counter movement to reactionary and xenophobic social, economic and political forces.

The roundtable event will allow discussion of these issues, and will take place on Tuesday, April 11, in GCU’s Hamish Wood building between 4pm and 6pm.

The event will build on data from the EU Horizon 2020 funded project TransSOL (European paths to transnational solidarity at times of crisis), a €2.5m research project across eight countries, for academics, policy makers, practitioners and activists working in Scotland, the UK and at European level to discuss these opposing tendencies of solidarity and social division, and reflect on their implications for policy, research and practice.

To register, visit the Eventbrite site.

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