Policy Officer, Irregular migration and counter smuggling, DG HOME
All Sessions by Marie Debieuvre
22 February 2019
Heroes or criminals? A crackdown on civil society assistance to asylum seekers
09:15 - 10:30
The fight against ‘migrant smuggling’ has become a key political priority for the EU in response to the ‘European Humanitarian Refugee Crisis’. EU Justice and Home Affairs agencies are tasked to investigate, prosecute and dismantle organised criminal groups that are profiting from migrant smuggling. There have been increasing numbers of cases where EU citizens, volunteers and civil society representatives have been prosecuted or charged with crimes when helping asylum seekers gain access to humanitarian assistance. How do EU and national anti-migrant smuggling policies affect solidarity and the provision of humanitarian assistance by citizens and civil society actors to asylum seekers and immigrants? What are the effects on the freedoms of assembly, speech and conscience for European citizens? What are the broader implications – for societal trust, democracy and the rule of law?
This session is organised in the context of the ReSOMA Project (Research Social Platform on Migration and Asylum). The project receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program.