Conversation on Europe: Rescue & Prevent: Responses to Europe’s Migration Crisis

17 Nov 2015


The 28 member states of the European Union have faced considerable challenges of late as hundreds of thousands of migrants flood the land and sea borders to enter Europe. It is clear that the members do not all agree on how to handle the crisis. But the movement of people continues unabated. And with no end in sight to the conflicts that prompt many people to make their way to Europe at any cost, it is likely to continue for some time. With this installment of our virtual roundtable series, Conversations on Europe™, we have assembled a panel of journalists, filmmakers, and aid agencies to look more closely at how this crisis is playing out on the shores and on the borders. With pressure shifting from the sea route to the land borders, are there lessons that Balkan nations can learn from their Italian and Greek counterparts? How are aid agencies responding?

Panelists include:

Joanna Kakissis, Foreign Correspondent for National Public Radio. She has also written for Time magazine, Foreign Policy, and the New York Times.

Andrea Segre, Sociologist and Documentary Filmmaker. He is the director of the film Closed Sea/Mare Chiuso.

Martin Xuereb, Director of Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS). Founded in 2013, MOAS is a humanitarian search and rescue operation assisting vessels in distress in the Mediterranean Sea.

Center Director Ron Linden will moderate. Audience and school participation (both at Pitt and via remote connection) is welcome. To join remotely, please contact

Event Date: 
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 12:00pm
Sponsored By: 
University of Pittsburgh Global Studies Center
4217 Posvar Hall
Target Audience: 
General Public