Published on 07/06/2022
Centre for Migration and Forced Displacement
  • The Centre for Migration and Forced Displacement will co-host the event with local and international refugee support organisations
  • Event will take place on Thursday 16 June ahead of Refugee Week 20 to 26 June
  • It will feature published authors Gulwali Passarlay and Dina Nayeri who will share their journeys as refugees travelling to safety.

The Centre for Migration and Forced Displacement at Aston University is set to host a live panel event and Q&A with two refugee survivors on Thursday 16 June, ahead of this year’s Refugee Week from 20 to 26 June 2022

Published authors Gulwali Passarlay and Dina Nayeri will share their journeys as refugees travelling to safety, as told in their respective books ‘The Lightless Sky’ and ‘The Ungrateful Refugee. There will be an opportunity to buy their books and there will be a book signing by the authors.

The event is being organised in collaboration with two charities: Kings Heath Action for Refugees and Refugee Support Europe.

Dr Gaja Maestri, lecturer in sociology at Aston University, and Hannah Ryan, PhD candidate in the sociology department, will also present the work of the University's Centre for Migration and Forced Displacement at the event.

Dr Jelena Obradovic-Wochnik, senior lecturer in politics and international relations and co-director of the Centre for Migration and Forced Displacement at Aston University, said:

“We are pleased to be able to work with local and international organisations supporting refugees and asylum seekers in the UK and abroad.

“We look forward to welcoming Gulwali Passarlay and Dina Nayeri to Birmingham and hearing their stories.”

Hear Their Stories: Live panel discussion and Q&A with Gulwali Passarlay and Dina Nayeri will take place at Sumpner Lecture Theatre at Aston University on 16 June between 19:00 hrs – 21:00 hrs.

All proceeds will be split between the host charities (Kings Heath Action for Refugees and Refugee Support Europe) to support refugee communities in Birmingham and Europe. 

Notes to Editors

About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiaries – students, business and the professions, and our region and society. Aston University is located in Birmingham and at the heart of a vibrant city and the campus houses all the university’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students. Saskia Loer Hansen is the interim Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive.

Aston University was named University of the Year 2020 by The Guardian and the University’s full time MBA programme has been ranked in the top 100 in the world in the Economist MBA 2021 ranking. The Aston MBA has been ranked 12th in the UK and 85th in the world.

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