Alliance 4 Europe Conference “EU Immigration policy”

Date(s) - 19/03/2019
18:30 - 21:30

Press Club Brussels Europe


The Dublin Regulation aims to determine rapidly the Member State responsible for an asylum claim and provides for the transfer of an asylum seeker to that Member State. Usually, the responsible Member State is the state through which the asylum seeker first entered the EU. EU member states have the right to deport migrants to the first country of entry to the EU.

This framework has created grievances and divisions. Member States, like Italy and Greece, which are usually the first host countries of asylum seekers and immigrants from Africa and Asia, complaint that the other ones have not been supportive enough to share their hosting. Central and east European states have complained about the inadequate border controls in the south and took restrictive measures. The principle of freedom of movement and the Schengen framework have been tested. The issue of Immigration, legal or illegal, real or perceived, has been exploited by the populist and far-right and boosted its agenda. All matters related to immigration, from criminality to social welfare and identity, have been manipulated by populist parties and usually in a toxic and divisive manner.

Some questions to be discussed:

  • Does the ‘Dublin system’ need to be reformed?
  • Should European immigration policy be centralized to ensure a more rational flow and distribution of immigrants and refugees within the EU?
  • What are the measures and messages to be employed to make immigration policy more acceptable for European people?

Panel members:

  • Mr. Claude Moraes, Chair of the EP Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
  • Ms. Colombe Cahen – Salvador, Volt
  • Mr. Yannis Karamitsios, Alliance 4 Europe
  • Moderator: Mr. Alessandro Zunino, Alliance 4 Europe