Exploiting the Refugee Crisis
The harrowing picture of a small child washed up on a Turkish beach after trying to reach Greece has ignited public outrage within European countries over how to respond to the seemingly worsening refugee crisis that stems from North Africa and the Middle East. As whole communities escape persecution and the breakdown of law and order, criminal networks are adapting to the developing crisis and exploiting thousands of men, women, and children prepared to risk their lives for a more peaceful, prosperous environment.
We are very pleased to welcome Dr Sashs Jesperson from RUSI to discuss the organised criminal gangs and illegality that can be both a driver and exploiter of these refugee movements, whilst also exploring the wider causal factors across North Africa and the wider Arab world for the recent surge in displaced people.
Dr Jesperson is a Research Analyst with the National Security and Resilience Studies programme at RUSI where she is leading research on organised crime. She completed her PhD at the London School of Economics looking at international initiatives to address organised crime through peacebuilding missions under the framework of the security-development nexus.
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