Border Deaths - Academic research and social reality

13 June 2018 from 19:00 to 21:00 hrs
OBA, the Amsterdam Public Library, Oosterdokskade 143, 1011 DL Amsterdam
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Please note that this event has been cancelled.

In the past three decades, thousands of people have died trying to enter Europe, making it one of the world’s deadly border zones. Researchers from VU Amsterdam, who have worked on this topic for the past five years, will present their research on these ‘border deaths’ ( Representatives of the United Nations and migrant communities will offer their initial responses.



Speakers, who have all been involved in The Human Costs of Border Control project:

  • Paolo Cuttitta, Post-doc Researcher in Migration Law, VU Amsterdam
  • Tamara Last, PhD Candidate in Migration Law, VU Amsterdam
  • Thomas Spijkerboer, Professor of Migration Law, VU Amsterdam  


  • Agnes Callamard, UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions, Director of Columbia University Global Freedom of Expression and Information
  • Mussie Zerai, Chairman of Habeshia Agency Cooperation for Development 

The debate will be moderated by Domenica Ghidei, Deputy Human Rights Commissioner, Netherlands Institute for Human Rights.