Uncertain States - DISKURSE Katharina Lumpp: "Forced Displacement as a Challenge for Global Responsibility-Sharing"
Last year proved that the world’s crises do not leave Europe unaffected. In 2015, over 1 million people came to Europe seeking protection, 65 million are uprooted all over the globe. In her talk, Katharina Lumpp, Representative of UNHCR in Germany outlines that displacement is a global crisis that urgently needs to be addressed in a common response by the international community based on global responsibility-sharing.
Katharina Lumpp is the Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR) for Germany. She moved to Berlin in December 2015 from the UNHCR Regional Office in Amman, Jordan. Initially, after studying law at the universities of Heidelberg and Bonn, she started her career in Brussels and Bonn before moving Afghanistan in 1998. Four years later, she joined the UNHCR headquarters in Geneva. There, she was attached to the Division of International Protection and responsible, among other things, for EU affairs. In 2004, she then returned to Afghanistan, working in particular in the area of voluntary return and reintegration of refugees. In 2006, she was appointed as the deputy director of the UNHCR Regional Office in Egypt. Four years later, she became the deputy director of the UNHCR Regional Representation for Southern Europe.
DISKURSE, a series of lectures and discussions, addresses today's key issues. Europe is facing challenges such as xenophobia, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism. What are the causes of this new fundamentalism? How can the growth of right-wing populism and racism be curbed and overcome? How can immigration policies be improved? And what role does art have to play in coping with the crisis?
The 12 lectures by prominent representatives of migration studies, political science, sociology, philosophy, and art scholarship will be accompanied and commented on by the young team from Polis180, the grassroots think tank for foreign and European policy. The series will be available online at www.adk.de/uncertain-states.
In cooperation with the German Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb) and Polis180. All dates of the series can be found here.