‘Post-crisis – Is the reform of the EU’s asylum system on track?’ Panel debate with Odysseus Coordinator Philippe De Bruycker

Venue: BOZAR/VUB KONEKT space – Mezzanine Galerie Ravenstein

Time: 28 March 2018, 18:00-19:30, followed by a reception

This panel debate is organized in the framework of the VUB-ULB Konekt.Brussels week and the Euromaster Course ‘European Immigration Policy’

In late 2015 and early 2016, thousands of migrants strived to enter the EU’s territory and/or to reach specific member states such as Germany and Sweden, stressing the EU to the point of a ‘crisis’. The re-erection of border fences within Europe and the reluctance of Eastern European countries to participate in a EU-wide relocation scheme for asylum seekers and other issues, paved the way to a widespread perception that the EU would act disunited. In the last two years, however, the EU has sought to come up with a different picture and to reform its asylum system. The Commission has put forward a package of legislative reforms regarding how asylum seekers are received and processed in Europe. At the centrepiece is a reform of the EU’s Dublin system, which allocates responsibilities for dealing with asylum applications in the EU. This panel debate asks: Is the reform of the EU’s asylum system on track? Will the EU be able to develop a more harmonised and effective asylum policy?


Prof. Dr. Philippe De Bruycker (IEE –ULB & Coordinator Odysseus Network)
Mr. Stefan Maier (UNHCR)
Ms. Sara Silvestre (IES-VUB – Researcher)
Mr. Jihad Mustafa (VUB Refugee Student, former journalist)
Representative of European Commission – tbc


Prof. Florian Trauner (IES-VUB)

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