UCC’s Refugee Week is set to take place on the week of February 3-7, three years after its inception and the university’s declaration as a University of Sanctuary. This year’s theme is, ‘What is Sanctuary?’, which will be discussed in talks and seminars as well as explored through art.
Key events include “’Building Sanctuary : Building Connections’ with Natasha Maimba and Minahil Sarfraz, Youth Ambassadors for UNICEF Ireland” on February 3 and a Volunteer Fair by BetterTogether the 6th.
There will also be a focus on the rise of the far-right. One of the central events is a talk by Dr Piaras MacEinrí on the question, ‘Is Ireland becoming xenophobic?’.
Free transport to events is to be made avaiable to residents of Cork’s Direct Provision Centres.
“Creating a university that is inclusive and engaged with its wider community is an ongoing process. Refugee Week is an important part of that process, a signal that we want to learn and engage supportively with asylum seeker, refugee and vulnerable migrant communities,” said UCC Deputy President John O’Halloran.
A full list of schedule events is available at https://www.ucc.ie/en/edi/news/edi/refugee2020/.