“The Turkish Progress Report – Insights from Istanbul and Brussels”


Tuesday, 24 November

Venue: Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung for Freedom, Avenue de Cortenbergh 71, 1000 Brussels

About the event

Working with Turkey has become more crucial than ever for the EU to stem the flows of migrants heading towards Europe. At the same time, there are strong critiques underlining the slowdown in Turkey’s reform process and backslide in freedom of expresion in Turkey.

How will the recently published Progress Report affect EU-Turkey relations? Can the EU and Turkey work together to manage the current refugee crisis?

We are looking forward to discussing new perspectives on Turkey-EU relations with you. Continue reading

Comb, cushion, constitution: What can we offer refugees?

On 11-12 November EU and African leaders are meeting on Malta to take yet another stab at securing Europe’s borders and creating safer routes for refugees making their way to Europe. High on the agenda is how to reduce the refugee flows to Europe through better coordination with other Mediterranean basin countries.

In addition, EU Council President Tusk will focus on getting Member States to deliver on financial pledges and relocation decision made at the October crisis summit in Brussels. Meanwhile, the first refugees to be re-located from Greece and Italy are arriving elsewhere in Europe.

Credits: Stefanie Eisenschenk, Michael Gubi, Travis Nobles (Flickr)
Credits: Stefanie Eisenschenk, Michael Gubi, Travis Nobles (Flickr)

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Upcoming Event: “Comb, cushion, constitution: What can we offer the refugees?”

IMG_7741Comb, cushion, constitution:  What can we offer the refugees?

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Venue: Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit,  Avenue de Cortenbergh 71, 1000 Brussels

Language: English/German (simultaneous interpretation)

About the event:

What will happen to the refugees once they arrive at their final European destination? A principal criticism levelled against the recently agreed asylum relocation quotas is that given the social and economic disparities of Europe, refugees are unlikely to stay put in the country assigned to them. Following months of wheeling and dealing, the EU has agreed to relocate 160,000 refugees from Greece and Italy to other Member States. Civil society in these two countries can breathe a sigh of relief, albeit a momentary one. What happens once the refugees have been relocated? What needs to be done for those who remain in Greece and Italy? How prepared are the Central and Eastern European countries to handle the new influx of refugees? What can be done to ensure that refugees can live work and flourish within the parameters of our societies? Join us in thinking ahead at our upcoming event. Continue reading

Integrationspolitik: Welche Ansätze verfolgt der Einwanderungsmagnet USA?

CC BY 2.0 DFID - Dennis Yang / Flickr/ bearbeitet
CC BY 2.0 DFID – Dennis Yang / Flickr/ bearbeitet

Die Welt ist ständig in Bewegung. Hunderttausende Menschen sind tagtäglich auf nahezu allen Kontinenten auf der Flucht oder versuchen sich fern ihrer Heimat eine neue Existenz aufzubauen. Migration bedeutet Chancen und Bereicherung. Migration bedeutet aber auch Herausforderungen und Risiken. Die Herausforderungen bekommt Europa im Moment ganz deutlich zu spüren.

Die Flüchtlingsströme aus Afrika und dem Nahen Osten stellen Bund, Länder und Kommunen vor neue Probleme und sorgen für Spannungen innerhalb der Gesellschaft. In Deutschland haben die Entwicklungen eine Debatte um ein neues Einwanderungsgesetz entfacht.

Auch in den USA steht das Thema Einwanderungsreform seit Jahren auf der politischen Agenda. Doch während über die Sicherung der Grenzen debattiert wird, haben die politischen Entscheidungsträger einen entscheidenden Faktor der Einwanderungspolitik aus den Augen verloren: Die erfolgreiche Integration der Neuankömmlinge.

Laden Sie hier den vollständigen Bericht unserer Expertin Iris Froeba herunter.

Upcoming event: Here, but not yet here. The Human Rights Dimension of Immigrant Integration Policy

Eu flagEvery year millions of people leave their home countries, driven out by political persecution or in search of a better future for themselves and their families.  Of those who leave, thousands will never reach their destinations. And for those who reach safer havens, the new beginnings often bring new problems: bureaucracy, unemployment, poverty, homelessness and discrimination. The challenges in areas such as integration, citizenship, political participation, family reunification and work migration should not be underestimated. In addition, the common practice of gender-neutral policies often affects migrant women to their disadvantage, leaving them even more vulnerable. Are current European and national migration and migrant integration policies lagging behind reality? What reforms are needed? What challenges need to be overcome to enforce a holistic immigrant integration policy?

Friday, 7 February 2014
Venue: Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit, Avenue de Cortenbergh 71, 1 floor, 1000 Brussels
Find the complete Invitation here. Please register by 6 February!

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