Odysseus Annual Conference 2017

Beyond ‘crisis’? The State of Immigration and Asylum Law and Policy in the EU


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Stream 1 – Cooperation


Plenary Sessions & Stream 2 – Protection:


Stream 3 – Management:



After the success of the 2016 Odysseus Conference on solidarity in asylum and borders policies, the 2017 Odysseus Annual Conference organised in cooperation with the European Commission’s Representation in Belgium critically assessed the developments in European Immigration and Asylum Law and Policy during the year 2016, as well as cast a look into 2017.

After a plenary session devoted to the kind of crisis we are experiencing and an analysis of the importance of European values for the migration and asylum policies from a legal point of view, nine interactive workshops organised in three streams covered the following topics which are at the core of the current legal and policy debates:


Each workshop was organised by a team of leading experts coming from various universities and research centres in different EU Member States who presented cutting-edge research. Workshops were introduced by three to four commentators coming from academia, EU institutions and agencies, Member States’ administrations, international organisations and NGOs. Substantial time was allowed for discussions with the audience. Among others, Neven Mimica, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development and Simon Mordue, Deputy Director-General DG Home, took part in the plenary sessions. The Commissioner’s speech can be found here.

 (Photograph Copyright: Pauline Claessens, Eyes on Europe)
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