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Lost Homes, New Horizons

Tuesday 20th June 2023, 5:45pm


The University of Southampton Race, Ethnicity and Cultural Heritage Staff Network, in collaboration with Widening Participation & Social Mobility and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, present this special evening commemorating World Refugee Day.

Lost Homes, New Horizons is a unique opportunity to hear directly from those who have experienced displacement and resettlement and gain a deeper understanding of the legal and policy frameworks that shape their lives.

Our three speakers are:

Dr Homira May Rezai, Chair of Hazara Committee UK, and Hewan Omer, Country Director of the Free Yezidi Foundation, will share their experiences of seeking refuge and resettling, highlighting the challenges they faced and how education played a crucial role in their journey and helped them to succeed in their new homes. They will also discuss the importance of refugee rights and the need for more inclusive policies to address the global refugee crisis.

They will be joined by Barrister Dr S. Chelvan who specialises in the claims of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or intersex (LGBTI) asylum seekers fleeing homophobic or transphobic persecution. Chelvan will provide insight into the legal issues facing refugees and asylum seekers, his experiences and successes, and why he has chosen to specialise in this area of law. Chelvan is Head of Immigration and Public Law at 33 Bedford Row Chambers, and a Visiting Adjunct Professor at Southampton Law School.

Everyone is invited to join us in this important conversation and to show their support for refugees on World Refugee Day.

After hearing from all three speakers there will be an Audience Q&A.

Running time: 1 hour 30 minutes approx.
Refreshments available from 17:45

This event is FREE. All attendees must have a ticket.


Location:Turner Sims Concert Hall
Turner Sims

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