‘For me to return to Afghanistan… It’s Death’: The Reality of Demonised Asylum Seekers

What are the forces driving refugees across the Channel? What are they fleeing? What are they hoping for?
Dr Iain Overton travelled to Calais to find out.

War and the refugee: a call for empathy in an age of intolerance

In his 2023 lecture at the Festival of Writing and Ideas, Dr. Iain Overton reflects on the persistent suffering of war victims throughout history, underscoring the critical need for empathy towards those fleeing from conflict zones, challenging discriminatory media rhetoric, and urging us to recognise our shared humanity in order to foster a compassionate, welcoming society.