Upcoming event: The European Refugee Crisis: Liberal Answers to Challenges in Migration


Migration will be one of the key challenges of the European Union in the years to come. A proper management of migration flows and the successful integration of refugees into our European societies is not only of strategic importance, it might prove to be the cornerstone of (re-)creating unity among the EU Member States.

While the EU has tried to push for a common European asylum system to effectively deal with the crisis, Member States simultaneously and single-handedly closed borders. These dynamics have moved new players onstage the management of EU borders.

What is their impact on the current management of migration flows?

How will the EU keep its obligations of the Geneva Convention on Refugees in this context – especially in light of the EU-Turkey deal?

How can we make sure that these rights, as core liberal values, are not compromised in times of crisis?

The European Liberal Forum, together with the Friedrich Naumann foundation, invite you to join this event as the conclusion of the ELF series “Liberal Answers to Challenges on Land & Sea”.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Venue: Radisson Red Hotel, Rue d’Idalie 35, 1050 Brussels

Kindly register for this event at http://tinyurl.com/jbucxjw

This is an event organised by the European Liberal Forum (ELF). Supported by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom. Co-funded by the European Parliament.



14:00   Welcome by

Susanne Hartig, Executive Director, European Liberal Forum (tbc)
Hans H. Stein, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom

14:15   Fair share, fair chance? – Managing migration flows in a web of institutions
Frontex, police, national border protection and the management of migration flows

Roderick Parkes, Senior Analyst, EU Institute for Security Studies (EUISS)
Istvan Dobo, Policy Officer, Unit “Border Management & Schengen”, European Commission
Tzvetko Tzankovski, Refugee Support Group, Bulgaria

Moderator: René J. Steiner, Knowledge Hub for Migration and Security, European Commission


16:15   If worse comes to worst, nationals come first?
Migration and the respect for human rights of refugees – in theory and practice

Angelika Mlinar MEP, Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE)
Vlassis Vlasidis, Professor, Faculty of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies of the University of Macedonia, University of Macedonia
Maja Lalic, Refugee Aid Miksaliste, Serbia

Moderator: Frank McNamara, European Policy Center (EPC)
17:45   Wrap up of the ELF series “Liberal Answers to Challenges on Land & Sea” and

Closing Remarks
Rainer Adam, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom