Monday, March 20, 2023

Zolberg Institute webinar on US-UK border asylum policies, March 24


The US and UK have recently announced dramatic new border policies intended to deter the arrival of asylum-seekers. The Biden Administration will, with limited exceptions, deny migrants the opportunity to apply for asylum if they have passed through another country on their way to the US. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's "no small boats" policy would summarily return asylum-seekers to their home country or a designated "safe" third country. Are the proposed measures consistent with international refugee law? Will they accomplish their goals? Are there alternative policies that would both better protect the right to asylum and manage unauthorized flows? Will the new US and UK proposals spur a global "race to the bottom" of hardened borders?

Doris Meissner (Migration Policy Institute, Washington, D.C.) and David Cantor (Refugee Law Initiative, University of London) will discuss the recent asylum policy announcements in a conversation moderated by Zolberg Institute Director Alex Aleinikoff.

This event is co-sponsored by the Global Strategic Litigation Council on Refugee Rights.



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