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Reforming the Common European Asylum System – Brussels

16 November, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

£220 – £345


RefugeesIn 2015, more than one million migrants and refugees crossed into Europe. Conflict in Syria, ongoing violence in Iraq and Afghanistan, poverty in Kosovo and abuses in Eritrea led and still lead people via Turkey and Albania to the EU, seeking a better life and new perspectives. Applications for asylum reached enormous numbers with 1,321,560 million, about four times higher than in 2014.

The Common European Asylum System (CEAS) thought to provide common minimum standards for the treatment of all asylum seekers. It also leaves a lot of discretion to Member States resulting in differing treatment of asylum seekers and varying recognition rates amongst EU Member States, though.

Concerning the present refugee crisis this lack of consensus led to a conflict within the EU. Member States have been unable in finding a unified solution how to deal best with resettling people and some countries are taking over more responsibilities than others, struggling to cope with the influx. Highly controversial topics as the Implementation of the EU-Turkey Agreement, as well as harsh EU border controls and negotiations on EU Coast Guards have caused discord. The functioning of the Common European Asylum System at European Union level, however, can only succeed if responsibilities will be shared.

Therefore the Commission has set out steps to be taken towards a more humane, fair and efficient European asylum policy in April 2016, in order to tackle existing weaknesses and inequalities in the existing Asylum Procedures Directive. A first package of legislative proposals was presented by the Commission in May 2016. It is supposed to establish a sustainable and fair Dublin system for determining the MemberState responsible for examining asylum applications, as well as reinforcing the Eurodac system and transforming the European Asylum Support Office ( EASO) into an European Agency for Asylum.

This international Symposium will discuss the current EU Agenda on Asylum. The symposium will examine the implications of current directives and rules for asylum at an EU level and assess the implementation challenges for Member States. It wiEul also offer a platform to discuss the current changes in the Asylum Policy and explore how all stakeholders must contribute to facilitate better cooperation and better protection for asylum seekers.

Delegates will also:

  • Discuss the implementation challenges for the Common European Asylum System
  • Analyse the new European Agenda on Migration
  • Explore possibilities for increasing cooperation between Member States and major stakeholders in improving reallocation and resettlement policies in Europe and deal with the growing number of unaccompanied minors seeking asylum
  • Exchange best practice from innovative projects implemented in Europe

For further details about the Symposium, please refer to the event abstract and programme.

In the meantime, to ensure your organisation is represented, please book online or complete and return the registration form at your earliest convenience in order to secure your delegate place(s).


16 November, 2016
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
£220 – £345
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