India and the EU are both destinations refugees seek out for protection – but both have hardened their borders, denying entry to unworthy candidates. In 2021, India's Supreme Court authorized the deportation of Rohingya to Myanmar in the midst of a coup by the very military that caused Rohingya to flee. Will this solve the refugee crisis?
With Ravi Nair, Catherine Wihtol de Wenden, Ranabir Samaddar, Marie-Caroline Saglio-Yatzimirsky, and organizer Anubandh Kate.
Ravi Nair is the Executive Director of the New Delhi-based South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre. Through petitions at the Supreme Court and several High Courts, Nair is currently closely involved with stopping the deportations of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar.
Catherine Wihtol de Wenden was the former Research Director at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and is currently a senior researcher at the Institute for International Political Studies. Wihtol de Wenden specializes in migration studies. She is also an activist for the right to immigration in France.
Ranabir Samaddar is the Director of the Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group, and belongs to the school of critical thought. He has pioneered along with others peace studies programmes in South Asia. He has worked extensively on issues of migration and refugee studies, nationalism and post-colonial statehood in South Asia, and new regimes of technological restructuring and labour control.
Marie-Caroline Saglio-Yatzimirsky is a French anthropologist and clinical psychologist. She is a professor in anthropology at Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO), Paris, and mainly works on migration issues and social exclusion.
This event is part of the EU-India People’s Summit. The organizers are not responsible for the opinions expressed. The People’s Summit is a non-partisan, non-bureaucratic festival of ideas.