On 18-20 September, the first tri-border Documentary Film Festival – DocFest– occurred in Maastricht. The event was a great success! Thank you to the organizers for inviting me to take part in this event. On 19th September, I gave a public lecture at DocFest on migration.
Who is a migrant? What is the difference between a migrant, irregular migrant, asylum seeker and a refugee? Why are so many people trying to enter Europe and what conditions do they face on this journey? What happens when people are refused asylum/ refugee status in Europe? How do migrants fare and face going home? These are some of the questions that will be explored in this talk about the current migration challenges facing us all as global citizens. Common misconceptions regarding migration will be explained in a critical discussion of migration drivers, routes, and challenges.