Three years after the refugee crisis: Have Europe’s priorities shifted?
11:00 - 12:15
The European Refugee Humanitarian Crisis that emerged in 2015 has shaken the EU’s foundations and brought into question its legitimacy in being able to ensure a common policy response towards the phenomenon of asylum seekers. This has taken place at a time when populism and extreme nationalism are rising in several EU countries and engaging in active anti-immigration discourses. It is to be expected that migration will be at heart of the upcoming European Parliament elections. This Prime Talk will take stock of EU responses to the crisis and discuss the roles that populism and public opinion may have played in terms of priority setting and the measures adopted. What specific ways are open to the EU in the area of migration and asylum to respond to populism, racism and xenophobia? And what is the state of public opinion in different member states about the EU and migration ¬– does it vary at the implementation and local level? Do any policy actions suggest a longer-term vision for the EU to adopt?
This session is organised in the context of the ReSOMA Project. The project receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program.