1 december An EU asylum policy based on solidarity – just empty words?

According to the treaty, the EU´s policies for border control, asylum and immigration should be guided by a principle of solidarity and responsibility distribution. The EU has also decided that member states has a shared responsibility for asylum seekers, i.e. that asylum seekers in Italy and Greece ought to be redistributed among other member states. This has been met by protests as well as an ensuing vocal discussion on the concept of solidarity.

Calls are now heard for letting the coming long-term budget reflect the responsibility-taking among the member states and from other directions demands are made for “flexible solidarity”. But is solidarity in asylum policy possible? And what is the real meaning of solidarity.

The seminar is arranged in cooperation with the European Commission Representation in Sweden

Speakers                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Eleni Karageorgiou, Doctoral student, Departement of Law, Lund University.
Jesús Fernández-Huertas Moraga, Associate Professor in Economics, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.
Katarina Areskoug Mascarenhas, Head of the European Commission Representation in Sweden.

The following amassadors are also participating: Ines Coppoolse (the Netherlands), Lilla Makkay (Hungary), Elena Basile (Italy), Dimitrios Touloupas (Greece) and Jaroslav Auxt (Slovakia).

Pernilla Wredenfors, Researcher in Political Science, SIEPS.

Time                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thursday 1 December, 14.30–16.30. Registration and coffee from 14.00

Venue                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Stora flygelsalen, Myntkabinettet, Slottsbacken 6, Stockholm.

Language                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           English

The seminar is free of charge and open to the public. All participants will receive copies of presented publications.

For questions regarding the seminar, contact Pernilla Wredenfors.

Register here at the latest 28 November.