The University of Winchester's Modern History Research Centre (MHRC) will be hosting a discussion on migration on March 20.

Guest speaker Dr Anna Maguire questions Britain's role as a refugee sanctuary during the latter half of the 20th century, suggesting political motivation often surpassed humanitarian aims.

The lecture will be an open dialogue with MHRC experts Dr Emily Stiles, Dr Xavier Guégan, and Dr Graciela Iglesias-Rogers.

Dr Iglesias-Rogers said: "It's time to give some historical context to what is undoubtedly a very divisive matter at present and to do it from different perspectives  ‑ that's why the event will open with an invited speaker, but there will be other three academics in the panel with a view to generate learned debate and to encourage a wider conversation with the public." 

Dr Stiles said: “The tense political climate and divisive rhetoric have given rise to a 'hostile environment' for asylum seekers, refugees and migrants more broadly. Our key speaker is introducing ideas of sanctuary and offering the foundation for a discussion on why migration matters."

Taking place in room 202 of the St Alphege Building in the University’s King Alfred Quarter from 4.30pm to 6pm, the free event for MHRC subscribers welcomes non-members for a £6 fee, or £3 for concessions.