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The European Asylum System: Moving Towards a Unified, Fair and Effective Framework

Home affairs, Migration and Integration
Date: Thursday, 01 February 2018 10:00 - 16:30

Venue: Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre  |  City: Saint-Josse-ten-Noode, Belgium

The number of persons seeking asylum from non-EU countries in the EU has surged exponentially over the course of the last four years. In 2015-2016 the EU received 2.5 million first-time asylum applications. In 2015, 75% of all asylum applications were registered in only five member states (European Commission, 2016). Responding to the increased pressure placed in certain EU countries, in September 2015 Member States committed to relocating up to 160,000 refugees, later revised to 98,000, from Greece and Italy within two years. However, by September 2017 when the relocation scheme eligibility period came to a close, EU countries had fulfilled less than a third of their asylum relocation targets (Amnesty International, 2017).

In a long awaited move, in October 2017 the Civil Liberties Committee approved proposals for a new Dublin regulation. The key principles of the draft report are that: Member States must participate and share responsibility for asylum seekers to reduce the disproportionate burden on “frontline” members, security measures should be stepped up, asylum seekers should follow the rules of the system and not attempt to move between countries and implement faster procedures.

There is still much more to be done in reducing the incentives for irregular migration by addressing the root causes, dismantling smuggling and trafficking networks and strengthening the asylum policy. Engaging all relevant stakeholders in the on-going debate on European asylum system is of critical importance in order to assist policy makers and politicians in finding practical and politically feasible solutions consistent with the realities on the ground and the human rights principles. In addition, in terms of economic, social and cultural factors, the skilled migrant force could contribute to the development of European societies, provided that the European Union develops successful integration mechanisms in the host countries.

The timeliness of the international symposium provides an invaluable opportunity to discuss and find ways to approach the European asylum system in a manner that benefits both the Member States and the asylum seekers themselves. Delegates will also have the chance to share best practice and discuss ways to strengthen multi-agency work. Public Policy Exchange welcomes the participation of all key partners, responsible authorities and stakeholders. 

The agenda is available in: https://www.publicpolicyexchange.co.uk/events/IB01-PPE2

Registration is available in: https://www.publicpolicyexchange.co.uk/book.php?event=IB01-PPE2&ss=lk&tg=1.1

 

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