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New ways of thinking about mass migration: Dr Khalid Koser
Mon. 27 June 2016, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm AEST
The Cranlana Programme 2016 Alumni Speaker Series with Dr Khalid Koser, Executive Director of the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund
Monday 27 June 2016, Canberra
Our response to mass migration is failing.
A new approach requires new thinking.
Presented in association with the Centre for Policy Development
‘We used to think of migration as a human security issue – protecting people and providing assistance; now we clearly perceive – or misperceive – migration as a national security issue.’
– Dr Khalid Koser
The world is experiencing movement of people on a scale not seen since World War II. The structures put in place to manage this mass migration are proving inadequate, with tragic results for the people involved, whether in Australia, Europe or elsewhere. It is a challenge that cuts to the heart of our collective humanity – and picks at the uncomfortable tension between our personal desire for freedom and the ideal of a secure nation state. The world’s response exposes a collective lack of faith in both of these concepts.
One thing is clear: our current crisis-driven approach isn’t working and we need to think about the issue in new ways.
Dr Khalid Koser has a simple proposition: instead of starting from a position of fear, what if we responded to mass migration with confidence – in our government, in the global community, and ultimately in ourselves? What if we embraced confidence over fear? In this interactive session Khalid Koser will draw on contemporary events in Europe to propose ways to rebuild the confidence needed to craft a response to forced migration that is both ethical and practical. He will discuss the role of political leadership and the private sector in particular, and invite the audience to reflect on what choosing confidence over fear might mean in the Australian context.
Dr Koser is the Executive Director of the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund and an internationally renowned thinker and speaker on issues of migration, security, community resistance to extremism and the relevant role of the private sector. He is a core member of the Asia Dialogue on Forced Migration, a leading regional forum for independent and inclusive policy development on forced migration, convened by the Centre for Policy Development with regional policy institutes. He is also chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Migration. Dr Koser has appointments at the Brookings Institution, Chatham House, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, the Lowy Institute and the Faculty of Humanities and Sciences at the University of Maastricht. He is a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).