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16/11 Reforming the Common European Asylum System: Towards a Unified, Fair and Effective Policy

October 28th, 2016

Reforming the Common European Asylum System: Towards a Unified, Fair and Effective Policy
Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre, Brussels
Wednesday 16th November 2016


Professor Thom Brooks
Chair in Law and Government, Head of Durham Law School, Durham Law School
Durham University

Borbala Szigeti
Policy Officer, DG Migration and Home Affairs, Unit C3 Asylum
European Commission

Dr. Violeta Moreno-Lax
Lecturer in Law,
Queen Mary, University of London
Event Details? Website? Register to Attend

In 2015, more than one million migrants and refugees crossed into Europe. Conflict in Syria, ongoing violence in Iraq and Afghanistan, poverty in Kosovo and abuses in Eritrea led and still lead people via Turkey and Albania to the EU, seeking a better life and new perspectives. Applications for asylum reached enormous numbers with 1,321,560 million, about four times higher than in 2014.

The Common European Asylum System (CEAS) is thought to provide common minimum standards for the treatment of all asylum seekers, although it leaves a lot to the discretion of Member States, which results in differing treatment of asylum seekers and varying recognition rates amongst EU Member States.

Concerning the present refugee crisis this lack of consensus has led to conflict within the EU. Member States have been unable to find a unified solution on how to best to deal with resettling people and some countries are taking on more responsibility than others, who are struggling to cope with the influx. Highly controversial topics such as the implementation of the EU-Turkey Agreement, as well as harsh EU border controls and negotiations on EU Coast Guards have caused discord. The functioning of the Common European Asylum System at European Union level, however, can only succeed if responsibilities are shared.

Therefore, in April 2016 the Commission set out steps to be taken towards a more humane, fair and efficient European asylum policy, in order to tackle existing weaknesses and inequalities in the existing Asylum Procedures Directive. A first package of legislative proposals was presented by the Commission in May 2016. This package is intended to establish a sustainable and fair Dublin system for determining the Member State responsible for examining asylum applications, as well as reinforcing the Eurodac system and transforming the European Asylum Support Office ( EASO) into an European Agency for Asylum.

This international symposium will discuss the current EU agenda on asylum. The symposium will examine the implications of current directives and rules for asylum at an EU level and assess the implementation challenges for Member States. It will also offer a platform to discuss the current changes in Asylum Policy and explore how all stakeholders must contribute to facilitate better cooperation and better protection for asylum seekers.

Delegates will also:

Discuss the implementation challenges for the Common European Asylum System
Analyse the new European Agenda on Migration
Explore possibilities for increasing cooperation between Member States and major stakeholders in improving reallocation and resettlement policies in Europe and deal with the growing number of unaccompanied minors seeking asylum
Exchange best practice from innovative projects implemented in Europe

For further details about the symposium, please refer to the enclosed event abstract and programme. Do feel free to circulate this information to relevant colleagues within your organisation.

In the meantime, to ensure your organisation is represented, please book online or complete and return the registration form at your earliest convenience in order to secure your delegate place(s).

Kind regards,

Conference Team
Public Policy Exchange
Tel: +44 (0) 20 3137 8630
Fax: +44 (0) 20 3137 1459

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