World Refugee Day

A special podcast from Sheffield's City of Sanctuary, marking Refugee Week.

20 June 2008

Throughout Refugee Week 2008 openDemocracy has hosted the voices of refugees and asylum seekers, campaigners, activists and authors in a discussion of the issues that matter in debating asylum, or sanctuary in the UK.

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Today on World Refugee Day, you can listen to a special podcast from the City of Sanctuary movement in Sheffield. In the midst of an increasingly polarised debate, City of Sanctuary is leading the way in forging a culture of integration and inclusion for all. openDemocracy's Grace Davies went to Sheffield to meet some of those who have sought refuge in the former steel city, along with campaigners and activists in the field.

Find out more about City of Sanctuary.

COVID-19 and the human side of globalisation

Usually, profits come before people. But this year, governments across the world have been forced to shut down their economies and put life first. Why?

Join openDemocracy for a live discussion on what the coronavirus tells us about globalisation, neoliberalism and our shared experience as humanity. Thursday 28 May, 5pm UK time/6pm CET


Anthony Barnett Founder of openDemocracy, and author of ‘Out of the Belly of Hell: COVID-19 and the humanisation of globalisation’, which looks at how social movements since 1968 have reshaped the world.

Achille Mbembe Leading post-colonial philosopher who developed the idea of necropolitics: how politics can dictate who lives and who dies.

Thea Riofrancos Author of ‘A Planet to Win: Why We Need a Green New Deal’ and ‘Resource Radicals: From Petro-Nationalism to Post-Extractivism in Ecuador’. She is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Providence College.

Chair: Réka Kinga Papp Hungarian journalist and editor-in-chief of Eurozine.

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