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
12.30-14.30

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