Meeting Tuesday, 19. March 2019 /

New Impulses for the EU Refugee, Asylum and Migration Policy

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Date, Time
Tue, 19. Mar 2019,
10:00 am – 4:30 pm Save in my calendar
Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Brüssel - Europäische Union
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The European Union's refugee and asylum policy is at a dead end. Receiving refugees from different crisis regions is a major challenge the EU is facing, whereas pan-European solutions are moving further and further away. At the same time, the pressure to act is growing at the local level. In order to overcome these blockades, new convincing concepts are needed in EU refugee and asylum policy. 


Tuesday, 19 March 2019


10:00 – 12:30 Morning session

A Local Turn for European Refugee Politics -
Recommendations for Strengthening Municipalities in EU’s refugee and asylum policy 

In the morning session, we will focus on new approaches for a progressive refugee and asylum policy of the EU on the local level. In their recently published policy paper, Petra Bendel and Hannes Schammann (et al.) give recommendations on how to strengthen municipalities in receiving refugees and propose a relocation mechanism that regulates immigration as a municipal decision and considers persons in need of protection as well as the host municipalities including local support groups.

12:30 – 13:30 Light lunch

14:00 – 16:30 Afternoon session

'The oranges in Europe taste better’ - on the root causes of migration, the EU-financed countermeasures and their shortcomings    

In the afternoon session, we will provide insights into the processes that drive people out of their homes. Dr. Ali Nobil Ahmad from Pakistan and Dr. Nimo-Ilhan Ahmad Ali from Somalia will explain the complexity of reasons for migration concerning their countries. During the discussion we will further analyse the effects of policies of the EU and projects and programmes financed by the EUTF for Africa and others.


Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg to the European Union
Rue Belliard, 60 – 62
B-1040 Brussels 

Working language: English

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