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Hugo Lecture @ OPEN STATE, Professor Alexander Betts

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Transforming a Broken Refugee System

The 2017 Hugo Lecture will be delivered by Professor Alexander Betts, Director of the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford.

The number of people displaced by war and persecution is at an all time high. As needs grow, governments are struggling to find responses that are sustainable at scale, and international institutions are failing. Camps and boats have too often become the dominant focus of policy, perpetuating an assumption of refugees as inevitably vulnerable or threatening.

Drawing upon his pioneering research on the economic lives and contributions of refugees in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East, Betts shows that under the right conditions refugees can be a benefit to their host societies. He offers a new vision for our global refugee system and explores what it might mean for Australian refugee policy.

Betts is author or editor of numerous academic books and articles on these topics, and has consulted and advised for international organizations and governments around the world. Professor Betts’ work has featured in leading global media such as The Guardian, The New York Times, The Economist, Nature, CNN and the BBC, to name a few. His two TED talks – on why Brexit happened, and how to fix the global refugee system – have been viewed over 3 million times.

The Hugo Lecture is an annual public oration delivered by a prominent academic thought-leader on a topic of contemporary global importance. It was established in 2015 in memory of the late Professor Graeme Hugo, an internationally renowned demographer based at the University of Adelaide for several decades. The Lecture is hosted by the Hugo Centre for Migration and Population Research, a global hub for innovative, interdisciplinary research on migration and population issues also established in Graeme’s honour.

The Hugo Centre is grateful for the support of the Don Dunstan Foundation, Multicultural SA, and the Australian Migrant Resource Centre for hosting this event.

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