On behalf of EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy we would like to cordially invite you to a discussion titled ''Asylum and migration policy: Danish and Czech perspectives''. The event is organized in cooperation with the Embassy of Denmark in Prague. The discussion will take place on Thursday, April 21, 2022 from 16:00 at the European House (Jungmannova 745/24, 110 00) and it will be also live-streamed on our Facebook page.
Moderator: Filip Nerad, Analyst, Český rozhlas
Since the ‘migration crisis’ of 2015-16, migration has remained one of the most contested issues in European policy. Several attempts at reviving the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) have failed due to irreconcilable divergences amongst Member States, and the New Pact on Migration and Asylum has similarly failed to generate momentum for long-term sustainable solutions.
Because of this deadlock, Member States have begun exploring unilateral or bilateral solutions in lieu of European ones. Denmark, a country renowned for its relatively expansive migration policy in the past, has tightened its policy gradually since the crisis, adopting a modus operandi of “skirting the edges of the international conventions.” Some of these provisions are now being given exception due to the war in Ukraine.
The war in Ukraine has generated a profound solidarity within Europe as Ukrainians flee by the millions. Whether this heralds a more fundamental paradigm shift remains to be seen; despite the current solidarity, the Belarus crisis that preceded it exposed European vulnerabilities to migration in general, and weaponized migration by malign foreign actors in particular. The EU and its Member States will have to balance security concerns with respect for universal human rights and international obligations.
This debate will explore the Danish migration policy and its wider European ramifications. Has Denmark found a viable blueprint for tackling migration holistically? Has the Danish approach of “skirting the edges of the international conventions” been successful in adhering to obligations under those conventions? What can the Czech Republic take away from this approach and what should be the migration policy of the new Czech government as it faces an unprecedented number of Ukrainian refugees? Is the EU facing a fundamental paradigm shift in its migration and asylum policy?
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