Refugee Crisis Debate

  • Event Start: 9th June 2020, 5:00pm
  • Event Type:
Podcast Debate:

Refugee Crisis:  The Moral Failure of Europe?

Over the last 10 years, countless refugees have lost their lives in the Mediterranean.  With COVID-19  sweeping camps throughout Southern Europe, the future of those who have survived is far from bright.  What duty do European nations have to these migrants?  Does the reluctance of governments to help constitute a moral failure on the part of the entire continent?


  • Notis A Mitarachi : Greek Minister for Immigration and Asylum, and New Democracy party MP.  In 2014 he served as President of the Council of the European Union
  • Joan Clos : Former Executive Director of UN-Habitat, from 2010 to 2018.  He previously served as Mayor of Barcelona from 1997 to 2006
  • Justine Greening : Former Conservative MP and Cabinet Minister, who served as Secretary of State for International Development at the height of the refugee crisis
  • Yusra Mardini : Syrian swimmer and member of the 2016 Refugee Olympic Athletes Team, having fled the Syrian civil war aged 17
  • Catherine Wollard : Secretary General of the European Coluncil on Refugees and Exiles, an NGO alliance supporting the rights of displaced people


This event will be via podcast : for Spotify Podcast, CLICK HERE: forApple Podcast, CLICK HERE : or for Listen Notes, CLICK HERE


Our weekly debates have always been at the very heart of the Oxford Union and it has been our mission to take our members to the very frontlines of the great arguments of the day.  This term will be no different as we strive to honour our commitment to public debate by showcasing a great and important diversity of opinions through the medium of podcast.
These debates will be structured like panel discussions and will be broadcast as a podcast on Spotify, Apple and Listen Notes Podcasts