The future migration pact & covid virus crisis


This edition corresponding to the 20th anniversary of the Odysseus summer school will focus on the future of THE European migration and asylum policies in relation with the new migration pact prepared by the European Commission:

  • The opening session will be devoted to what is at stake with the migration pact. Solidarity between Member States, the reform of the Dublin system, externalisation, asylum border procedures, secondary movements of asylum seekers and funding will be among the issues that will be discussed while keeping in mind the goal to build a sustainable policy. The proposals formulated in the European Consensus on Migration promoted by the Odysseus Academic Network at the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Tampere conclusions, will be used as a benchmark, together with the strategic programme of the EU adopted by the European Council in June 2019 and the guidelines in the area of Justice and Home Affairs that the Council of Ministers discusses currently in view of the adoption of conclusions by the European Council. Inter Institutional relations and the tensions they may generate between the Commission, The (European) Council and the Parliament will also be considered in light of the experience gained with the previous five-year programs (The Hague, Stockholm and the guidelines of 2014). Next to academics, the panels will include high level officials of the European Institutions and Member States as well as representatives of the civil society.
  • The Covid virus crisis and its consequences for the EU migration and asylum policies will be analysed during a special debate about issues like the impact of the International Sanitary Regulation of the WHO, the limitations to the freedom of circulation and movement inside the EU, possible derogations to the right to asylum and the principle of non-refoulement, the management of EU external and internal borders and the European coordination, the consequences for return and detention policies of Member States, the impact of human rights (like the right to health, the right to enter into one own’s country), as well as the European citizenship.
  • The future of the European migration and asylum policies will also be at the core of the discussions that will take place during the visits to the EU institutions (Council, Parliament, Commission). In case the sanitary situation would not allow all visits on the spot, the speakers of the concerned institutions will be invited to come to the ULB campus where the summer school takes place.
  • A forum will be opened on the electronic platform of the summer school in order to launch a debate about the future of the European immigration and asylum policies with the participants of the summer school.
  • In order to feed the debate, posts about future key issues and the sanitary crisis will be published on the blog of the Odysseus Network about what is at stake with the new pact and the sanitary crisis will be published on the blog of the Odysseus Network at the occasion of the summer school.
The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsi­ble for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
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