Refugees: Britain’s response and the global situation

16 November 2023 Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

The event is in person and online, and will be followed by a Q&A.

Join LSE Library and the George Lansbury Memorial Trust for this special event with Lord Alf Dubs, who will be reflecting on Britain's response to refugees and the global situation.

This is the annual George Lansbury Memorial Trust event, hosted in partnership with LSE Library. The Trust was set up to commemorate the life and legacy of George Lansbury, a Labour MP. LSE Library holds the papers of George Lansbury; some of which have been digitised and are available to view online here

LSE Chair: Interim President Eric Neumayer is the School’s President and Vice Chancellor on an interim basis. In September 2020 he was appointed as Vice President and Pro-Vice Chancellor (Planning and Resources). Prior to this he held the positions of Head of the Department of Geography and Environment, Vice-Chair of the Appointments Committee and in September 2016 he became LSE’s inaugural Vice President and Pro-Vice Chancellor (Faculty Development). He is also a Professor of Environment and Development in the Department of Geography and Environment.

Speaker bio:

Lord Dubs is a Labour politician and leading refugee rights advocate. He was MP for Battersea 1979-1987, during which time he served for four years as a shadow Home Office Minister.

After leaving the Commons in 1987, he became the Director of the Refugee Council and was appointed as a Labour life peer in 1994.

In 1997, after Labour’s election victory, he was appointed as a Minister in Northern Ireland where he served until the establishment of a new devolved administration following the Good Friday Agreement.

In 2016, he sponsored an amendment (which later became known as the “Dubs Amendment”) to the Immigration Act 2016, to offer some unaccompanied refugee children stranded in camps in Europe safe passage to Britain, having himself arrived in Britain in 1939 as a six-year-old refugee fleeing the Nazis in Czechoslovakia.

He currently serves on the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly and on the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe Parliamentary Assembly. He continues to campaign on human rights and specifically on behalf of refugees.