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Selam Gebrekidan

Selam Gebrekidan is an investigative reporter for the New York Times based in London. She was previously a reporter for Reuters where she wrote about migration to Europe, the war in Yemen and the oil industry in the US. She has reported on migration from three continents and was recognised as International Journalist of the Year for her trilogy documenting the workings of international smuggling networks and the lives of refugee women enslaved by the Islamic State. Selam is also the winner of the Daniel Pearl Prize for Investigative Reporting.



12:45 pm


1:40 pm

Refugee Rehabilitation in the UK

Practical approaches to overcoming institutional barriers

Refugees are one of the most talked-about and recurring themes in the media. Yet sensationalism andmisinformation are rife, encouraging an environment of hostility and misunderstanding. This workshopwill aim to increase awareness of the concrete, everyday challenges faced by refugees in the UnitedKingdom, from navigating the bureaucracy of applying for asylum status to gaining access to healthcareand suitable housing. Terms such as ‘migrant’, ‘refugee’ and ‘asylum seeker’ are often lumped togetherand used interchangeably; this workshop will unpack each of these terms and promote more accurateperceptions of the people behind the labels. One of OxFID 2020's key themes is the question of accountability and the role that institutions, bothprivate and public, have to play in paving the way for progress. This workshop will also investigate thequestion of corporate responsibility and the ways in which companies might adapt and leverage theircore competencies to be more inclusive to refugees.