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Unpacking EU Asylum Policy in light of The UN Global Compact on Refugees


Unpacking EU Asylum Policy in light of The UN Global Compact on Refugees



CEPS is proud to organise a Europe session at the UNHCR’s virtual academic conference marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the UNHCR Office, “70 Years Protecting People Forced to Flee.” 

The session titled: “Unpacking EU Asylum Policy in light of The UN Global Compact on Refugees: The Impacts of Containment on Trust and Refugee Protection”, is organised within the framework of the CEPS H2020 ASILE project.

The UN Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) constitutes a unique world-wide framework of cooperation on refugee protection to assess and examine EU asylum policies.

The adoption of the New Pact on Migration and Asylum by the European Commission reveals the continuation of previously existing asylum policies focused on containment, and the increasing use of non-legally binding and financial instruments or arrangements fostering protection elsewhere or refugee deterrence policies. Simultaneously, the Pact promises increased refugee mobility through legal pathways to admission.
This Session will assess the most recent developments in EU Asylum Policy from the perspective of their impacts on the UN GCR core guiding principles: international refugee protection and human rights. It will examine the ways in which EU policies focused on ‘contained mobility’ affect trust in internal and external EU asylum policies.
Particular attention will be paid to the ways in which refugee voices and agency could be better tailored in EU asylum decision-making dynamics.
Roberto Cortinovis, Researcher, CEPS

Prof. Jens Vedsted-Hansen, Aarhus University

Prof. Rosemary Byrne, NYU Abu Dhab & ASILE Advisory Board Member

Prof. Audrey Macklin, University of Toronto, ASILE Country Expert & Advisory Board Member

Dr. Meltem İneli Ciğer, Suleyman Demirel University & ASILE Partner

Mohammed Badran, Syrian Volunteers Netherlands (SYVNL)

Anila Noor, Policy advisor on Diversity, integration & Gender Inclusion & Member of the European Commission Expert Group on the Views of Migrants and co leading Global Refugee Led Network (GRN) and New Women Connectors (NWC)

Dr. Nikolas Tan, The Danish Institute for Human Rights & ASILE Partner