Migrants and Refugees, Perspectives from France, Germany & Kenya
Starts: Monday, 25 April, 2016 03:00pm
Ends: Tuesday, 3 May, 2016 06:00pm
The Alliance Française and the Goethe-Institut Nairobi, with the support of the French-German Cultural Fund, and in partnership with the Embassy of France, UNHCR, UNESCO and FilmAid, present Critical Conversations around the question of migrants and refugees; opening the door for comparative perspectives from three receiving states: France, Germany and Kenya. As the European migrant crisis continues to escalate, politicians, journalists, academics and societies are trying to make sense of the phenomenon. The discourses are shaped by different socio-political contexts, policy traditions and national vocabularies. Kenya continues to host thousands of refugees from neighboring countries in camps as well as in urban settings. The Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps established as temporary shelters for asylum seekers in 1991 and 1992 respectively are now home to many second and third-generation refugees. Critical Conversations aims to facilitate discussions and refl ections on the shared and opposing experiences in the treatment of migrants and refugees in these three countries. Through panel discussions, exhibitions, film screenings and theatre and music performances, CriticalConversations will explore how the experience of migration affects and transforms identities as well as social relations, how it affects the political, security and economic narratives in the countries of origin, transit and destination.