Video: No refuge for people forced from home

A young couple are held separately in a detention center in Libya and are only allowed to meet through a window. On September 2, 2018, 276 people were taken by the Libyan coast guard to Khoms, about 74 miles east of Tripoli. They were then transferred to a detention center where MSF works.
Libya 2018 © Sara Creta/MSF
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In this webcast hosted by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), panelists highlight the mounting obstacles confronting people forced from home. In the United States, across Europe, and around the world, refugee protections are increasingly ignored. This is the alarming new normal: millions of vulnerable people are stranded with no place to turn. Safe and legal routes are closed off. Refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants are turned away by governments, and even sent back into danger. People seeking safety are being treated like criminals—and so are individuals and organizations providing lifesaving humanitarian aid. 

From Mexico to the Mediterranean and beyond, MSF teams witness the impact of harsh deterrence policies on people’s medical and mental health. This timely conversation, on the eve of World Refugee Day, examines what it means to deny security to those who most need it, and how we can develop a more humane response to this humanitarian crisis.

The discussion is moderated by Sarah Stillman, staff writer for The New Yorker and director of the Global Migration Project at Columbia Journalism School. Panelists include:

  • Omar Jadwat - director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Immigrants’ Rights Project
  • Dr. Craig Spencer - member of MSF-USA’s board of directors and director of global health in emergency medicine at Columbia University Medical Center
  • María Hernández Matas - project coordinator for MSF's migrants project in Mexico
  • Bianca Benvenuti - advocacy officer and migration policy specialist for MSF-Italy, and research fellow for the Istanbul Policy Centre