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Lecture: The Economic Lives of Refugees

Posted: 2018/01/16 | Author: UOJO


Oxford Academics in Japan Lecture Series
Alexander Betts, Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs

Today, more people are displaced by conflict and persecution than at any time since the Second World War. The majority remain from the developing countries. But traditional models of assistance are often based on long-term dependency on humanitarian aid. Drawing upon extensive research in Africa, the Middle East, and Europe, this lecture explores how we can create more sustainable responses to refugees by empowering them to become economic contributors, helping themselves and their communities. It examines what role business and entrepreneurship can play in creating a development-based approach to refugees.

Alexander Betts is Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs, and William Golding Senior Fellow in Politics at Brasenose College, University of Oxford. His research focuses on the politics and economics of refugee assistance. He is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, was named by Foreign Policy magazine in the top 100 global thinkers of 2016, and by Thinkers50 as an emerging business influencer. His TED talks have been viewed by over 3 million people. He is co-author, with Paul Collier, of Refuge: Transforming a Broken Refugee System (Penguin Allen Lane), which was named by the Economist as one of the ‘Best Books of 2017’.


Monday 26 February 2018
19:00 – 20:00
UF Hall, Sanbancho UF Building 1F, 6-3 Sanbancho, Chiyoda ku, Tokyo
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20:10 – 21:30
Salud, 1F, 3-10 Sanbancho, Chiyoda ku, Tokyo JPY3,500 (payable on the door)
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