22 March 2017, 17:30

A conversation inspired by the launch of a new book co-authored by Paul Collier and Alexander Betts: an eye-opening account of the migrant crisis which shows why our global refugee regime is broken and how it can be fixed.

Refuge - Transforming a Broken Refugee SystemEurope is facing its greatest refugee crisis since the Second World War, yet the institutions responding to it remain virtually unchanged from those created in the post-war era. As neighbouring countries continue to bear the brunt of the Syrian catastrophe, European governments have enacted a series of ill-considered gestures, from shutting their borders to welcoming refugees without a plan for their safe passage or integration upon arrival. With a deepening crisis and a xenophobic backlash in Europe, it is time for a new vision for refuge.

Going beyond the scenes of desperation which have become all-too-familiar in the past few years, Alexander Betts and Paul Collier show that this crisis offers an opportunity for reform if international policy-makers focus on delivering humane, effective and sustainable outcomes - both for Europe and for countries that border conflict zones. Refugees need more than simply food, tents and blankets, and research demonstrates that they can offer tangible economic benefits to their adopted countries if given the right to work and education.

An urgent and necessary work, Refuge sets out an alternative vision that can empower refugees to help themselves, contribute to their host societies, and even rebuild their countries of origin.

The book will be published on 30 March by Penguin Books.


Stefan Dercon, Professor of Economic Policy at the Blavatnik School

Paul Collier, Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School

Alexander Betts, Director of the Refugees Studies Centre, University of Oxford

The event is free and open to all. To attend, please register here.

The event will be followed by a drinks reception.

The event will be live streamed and recorded on the Blavatnik School of Government YouTube channel.