At a time when migration and asylum issues are taking centre stage in the political debate in a number of European countries, on 20 December representatives of the Member States and MEPs reached a major agreement to radically reform Europe's asylum and migration policy.
We will have the opportunity to examine this major reform - officially known as the 'Pact on Migration and Asylum' - and, more generally, to discuss the challenges posed by migration and asylum issues for the EU and its Member States, with a particular focus on the Mediterranean border, in the company of two MEPs who are particularly committed to this area:
- Fabienne Keller (L'Europe Ensemble - Renew Europe, France), European Parliament rapporteur on the regulation of asylum procedures and shadow rapporteur on the regulation of asylum and migration management;
- Lena Düpont (Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands - European People's Party, Germany), who chaired the Civil Liberties Committee (LIBE) working group on Frontex control and was shadow rapporteur for texts on combating and preventing trafficking in human beings, legal migration policy and legislation and new ways of legal economic migration.
Ms Keller will speak in French, while Ms Düpont will speak in English. You will be able to ask questions in either language.
This event is organised in partnership with a group of students from the Master 2 'Development and International Cooperation' programme at the University of Strasbourg. They will be running two in-depth workshops from 7.30pm to 8pm: one on the externalisation of the EU's borders and respect for fundamental rights, and the other on the specific issues of climate migrants.
The debate will be held in French and English (without interpretation) and will be followed by a cocktail reception.
Please confirm your attendance by e-mail and specify whether you wish to attend the conference only or also the workshops.
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