Seeking Refuge in Fortress Europe: Zoe Holman in Conversation with Michelle Foster

Melbourne Social Equity Institute

Event Date: 
27 May 2021
Author / Presenters: 
Zoe Holman and Michelle Foster

1pm – 1.45pm, Thursday 27 May
Online via Zoom – All welcome

Around the world, forced migration doubled in the decade leading up to 2019. Over that time, the borders of the European Union became the world's deadliest frontier. More than 20,000 people have died or disappeared while attempting to gain entry since 2012, the year the EU was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

In this event, Dr Zoe Holman, a journalist and the author of Where the Water Ends: Seeking Refuge in Fortress Europe will discuss with Professor Michelle Foster the intricate and complex daily, monthly and yearly challenges of those seeking, within or outside of 'the system', a future for themselves within the EU.

The discussion will reflect on the lessons of the past, the isolationist spirit of the present, and the promises and failures of international institutions and conventions.

Zoe Holman is a journalist and writer whose reporting, essays and poetry have appeared in outlets including The Guardian, The Economist, London Review of Books, The Sydney Morning Herald and VICE. Zoe’s work investigates human and political subjects relating to migration and borders, foreign policy and social and environmental justice. Zoe was raised on Wurundjeri country in Melbourne and has since lived and worked in England, Lebanon, Syria, Cambodia, Palestine and Europe.

Michelle Foster is a Professor and the inaugural Director of the Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness at Melbourne Law School. Michelle has published widely in the field of international refugee law, including International Refugee Law and Socio-Economic Rights: Refuge from Deprivation and, with James C. Hathaway, The Law of Refugee Status, and with Hélène Lambert, International Refugee Law and the Protection of Stateless Persons. Michelle teaches Refugee Law and International Refugee Law at Melbourne Law School.