Not enough Europe in this Union?
The new migration and asylum policy in Europe
Speaking in his first State of the Union address, Jean-Claude Juncker said:
There is certainly an important and unprecedented number of refugees coming to Europe at the moment. However, they still represent just 0.11% of the total EU population. In Lebanon, refugees represent 25% of the population. And this in a country where people have only one fifth of the wealth we enjoy in the European Union.
The aim of this conference, organised in collaboration with The Federal Trust, is to help put the refugee crisis into perspective.
By inviting both experts and practitioners to come together for a conference on the future of asylum and migration policies in Europe, we aim to take both a snap shot of the present crisis and provide pointers for how the strategic response of the EU and EUropean states is likely to develop in the future.
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What steps are the Commission taking to respond to the refugee crisis?
What will replace the Dublin regulation now that refugees are no longer required to seek asylum in the member state where they first arrive in the EU?
Is the principle of free movement or the Schengen agreement on border free travel under threat?
Should EU member states see migration as an opportunity or a threat?
What role has civil society played in offering solutions to the present crisis?
How can we change the narrative on migration?
These are some of the questions which our panellists will address at one of the first conferences to explore these issues since the crisis began.
The panellists will include speakers from:
European Commission,University of Essex, the Aire Centre, Refugees Welcome*, NIESR, Global Migration Centre (Geneva), UK Race and Europe Network, the Federal Trust and New Europeans (*= invited).
The conference will be followed by a reception.
Documents and background material