Policy Hackathon: Venezuelan Migrant Crisis

This is the first of two winning papers from the Policy Hackathon event hosted by our European Affairs and Defence & Diplomacy Policy Centres on 17 October 2019. It was co-written over the course of fifty minutes by a team of students (see below), and edited by our Head Editors for publication on the blog.

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Event Review: Policy Hackathon, International Migration in Crisis

On 17 October, King’s Think Tank’s  European Affairs and Defence and Diplomacy Policy Centres co-hosted an event exploring migration policy in a time of regional, and potentially global, crisis. The event was interactive, with teams of students grouped together, each with a different migration focus. The event’s aim was to create successful and enactable policy suggestions which would alleviate certain pressures within each migration focus. Whilst the teams were each allocated a specific migration crisis (US-Mexico Border Crisis, European Refugee Crisis, Post-Soviet State migration, Migration from the Rohingya Crisis in Myanmar, or Venezuelan/Colombian Migration), they were free to set their own identity and policy focus. Each group then had 2 minutes to present their proposals, competing for the chance to be published on the  King’s Think Tank Blog. 

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‘Dulce et Decorum est’: On what we remember and what we forget

A year ago, I completed a field trip assignment for the module History and Memory. I visited three First World War memorials and wrote an essay on commemoration, national narratives, and the politics of remembrance. In my essay, I included a reference to Wilfred Owen, the poet and soldier who highlighted the horrors of war as he experienced them in the trenches. What I forgot last year, but remembered recently when passing a uniformed poppy-seller, was that I was introduced to Owen’s poetry by my English teacher at school. Despite not coming up in our GCSE English paper, his work has certainly informed my perception of war, commemoration, and education in ways I find worth discussing in light of this Remembrance Day. 

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The Chinese Perspective: Troubled Waters in the South China Sea

The South China Sea dispute has the potential to destabilise a region that is one of the most economically significant in the world, and home to around two billion people. Most analyses on this topic focuses on how China should be countered, without paying much attention to Chinese interests and motivations.  Continue reading “The Chinese Perspective: Troubled Waters in the South China Sea”

Turkey’s Syrian Refugees: What Went Wrong and What Needs to Change?

Eight years into the Syrian conflict, reports from the United Nations Refugee Commission state that there are more than 3.5 million Syrian persons of concern* residing in Turkey. With a total of 3.6 refugees, Turkey is the world’s largest refugee-hosting country. Yet Turkey’s foundational structure for admittance of refugees was not designed with such a large scale crisis in mind; this becomes clear when examining the socio-economic and political atmosphere in Turkey, especially in the months leading up to highly significant elections, such as the First Presidential Election in June 2018, which followed the abandonment of a parliamentary system of governance. This calls for two important questions: what went wrong, and what needs to change? Continue reading “Turkey’s Syrian Refugees: What Went Wrong and What Needs to Change?”

The Impact of Detention Time on Migrant Mental Health in the UK: Prioritising Children’s Welfare

The UK’s immigration detention facilities are among the largest in Europe. Here, immigration detention refers to the Home Office’s practice of detaining asylum seekers and applicants for asylum and humanitarian protection for immigration-related purposes. Continue reading “The Impact of Detention Time on Migrant Mental Health in the UK: Prioritising Children’s Welfare”