Explore Kaltura: Videos for Refugee Week

We are committed to sharing some of the best content from Kaltura with colleagues across the University.

We will regularly share videos that inspire us and showcase the diverse work that colleagues from across the University are leading on.

If you come across an interesting video that you’d like to see on the staff page, or have an idea for one of your own, please email internalcommunications@sheffield.ac.uk.

Kaltura is our University's dedicated digital media portal, which allows staff to store and share their audio-visual content. You can also explore fascinating material created by colleagues across our University.

Find out more about Kaltura.

Videos for Refugee Week

Isn’t it common to hear objections to assisting refugees? ‘The UK is full’; ‘Other countries should help’; ‘taking many refugees changes the culture of the UK’; ‘the people coming here aren’t really refugees’ … In a series of videos, members of the University of Sheffield Philosophy Department tackle head on some commonly heard objections. The aim of the series is to change the tone of the debate about refugees, giving level-headed reasoned argument for welcoming people to the UK and to our city. #RefugeesMatter

Every day we'll be featuring a different video from the series on the staff page, you can watch all three below. You can also see the full series of six videos at the Migration Matters Festival this week.

Are they really refugees?

Are the people we see on the news, trying to cross borders or seeking asylum in the UK really refugees? Or do they just want to find better jobs and living conditions? Are they really desperate for safety, or are they just picking which country will afford them a better lifestyle?

Nadia Mehdi, a PhD candidate from Philosophy department at the University of Sheffield discusses who refugees are, why they might have left their homes and why we should treat them as individuals.

Footage courtesy of the UNHCR - The United Nations Refugee Agency. Join the UNHCR #WithRefugees petition to send a clear message to decision makers that they must act with solidarity and shared responsibility.

Can we afford to help?

‘We’re full!’ we hear – so we can’t help refugees because we simply lack the resources to do so. Really? Reflection on the facts, analogical thinking, and the nature of fairness suggests otherwise.

James Lewis, PhD candidate at Philosophy department at the University of Sheffield looks at some of the numbers behind the refugee crisis, and whether the UK is doing enough as one of the wealthiest countries in the world.

Is the responsibility to help ours?

We often hear the objection that even if there is a duty to help refugees, any such obligation falls on someone else – those people or states that are nearer to countries from which people are seeking refuge, for example.
But does distance matter to what our obligations are? A philosophical thought experiment suggests not.

Jules Holroyd explains the moral imperative for helping refugees. Jules is a Vice Chancellor's Fellow at the University of Sheffield, and her research focusses on topics exploring moral psychology and social philosophy.

Watch the full series at the Migration Matters Festival