Upcoming Debate: “Resuscitating Dublin: A sustainable reform of asylum policy?”

The Odysseus Academic Network is organising a debate on

Resuscitating Dublin:

A sustainable reform of asylum policy?

Tuesday 7 June from 17:00 to 18:30 (welcome at 16:45)

at the Press Club Brussels Europe

in the heart of the European Quarter

Rue Froissart 95, 1040 Brussels

After the first Dublin Regulation in 1997, the second in 2003, third in 2013, now we will soon be seeing its fourth incarnation! On 4 May 2016, the European Commission presented its proposal for a reform of the Dublin system, which determines the Member State responsible for processing asylum claims in the EU. This proposal has been anticipated since the start of the so-called refugee crisis, as various controversies have arisen surrounding the distribution of asylum seekers between Member States, and in particular the relocation mechanism from Greece and Italy. Dublin has previously been declared dead, on the basis of widespread dysfunctions and the inability to contain the wave-through approach seen along the Balkan route. But now, it seems that Dublin has been promised a new life!

In view of the debates in the Council and the European Parliament, the speakers will address the following issues relating to the new proposal:

  • Will it enable the Dublin system to function more efficiently in practice?
  • Will the “corrective allocation mechanism” ensure a fair distribution of asylum seekers between Member States?
  • Does it respect the fundamental rights of asylum seekers?
  • Would it help the EU to face another “refugee crisis”, in particular by curbing secondary movements?

The speakers are:

The debate will be moderated by Prof. Philippe De Bruycker from the Migration Policy Centre (EUI) & Institute for European Studies (ULB). There will be time allocated for questions and comments from the audience. A drinks reception will follow, and the event will end at 19:00.

Please register in advance by sending an email to odysseus@ulb.ac.be  with your name and title or function by Monday 6 June.

More information about the Odysseus Academic Network is available online at odysseus-network.eu. The Network organizes a Summer School on EU Migration & Asylum Law & Policy, with the 2016 edition held from 4th to 15th July at the Université libre de Bruxelles. The 2016 Summer School will provide a further opportunity for analysis and debate of the entire reform of the Common European Asylum System.

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