Philip Marfleet – Sanctuary past and present

Event Date: Friday 4 February 2011
Goss Room, Bishopsgate Institute
230 Bishopsgate
London EC2M 4QH

Migration: a joint Birkbeck College/
University of East London Symposium


Professor Philip Marfleet (Professor of Migration and Refugee Studies at the University of East London) 
Sanctuary past and present

What is “sanctuary” and why has it reappeared as a key campaigning issue among those who advocate for migrants? This paper considers continuity and change in ideas about sanctuary in both the religious and secular traditions. It examines the contemporary Sanctuary Movement in North America and Europe, and the implication of efforts to protect migrants by means which challenge the authority of the state.

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