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EU migration and asylum policies: Building resilience for changing geopolitical realities

Thursday, 13 October 2022


Birgit Sippel
Member of the European Parliament, S&D
Brian Synnott
Communication Advisor and Member of the Cabinet of Commissioner Johansson
Giulio Di Blasi
Member of the Cabinet of Commissioner Ylva Johansson, European Commission
Kemal Kirişci
Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution
Matthias Lücke
Senior Researcher and Adjunct Professor, Kiel Institute for the World Economy
Nicole de Moor
Belgian Secretary of State, Asylum and Migration
Saime Özçürümez
Associate Professor, Blinkent University
Shada Islam
Senior Adviser, European Policy Centre and Editor, EUobserver
Victoria Rietig
Head of Migration Programme, German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)
Vladimír Šimoňak
Head of the Crisis Management Unit, Slovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Marie De Somer
Head of Migration and Diversity Programme, European Policy Centre


Bringing six years of research on asylum and migration to a close, this hybrid conference will provide insights into some of the critical findings of
MEDAM (Mercator Dialogue on Asylum and Migration) since 2016. Decision-makers, academics, and think tankers will come together for four dedicated sessions: (i) migration and development cooperation; (ii) EU–Turkey relations on migration; (iii) public attitudes on migration and asylum; and (iv) the future of responsibility-sharing and solidarity in the EU.

The panellists will discuss how to achieve an effective design for development policies that also target the root causes of migration. Other key topics for discussion include the future of EU–Turkey relations on migration and refugee protection in an evolving geopolitical context, as well as the determinants of public preferences on migration and refugee protection and what implications they should have for policymaking. The conference will also address the EU’s response to displacement from Ukraine and how it may shape EU debates on responsibility-sharing and solidarity, as well as the negotiations on the New Pact more broadly.

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