EU-asylum policy: combining compassion with border control

Marijn Clevers, European Stability Initiative (ESI)

In March 2016, the EU-Turkey deal created a basis for tackling the refugee crisis in the Aegean. The European Stability Initiative (ESI) delivered the blueprint for this deal. Although the deal caused an immediate drop in crossings in the region, the implementation has been inadequate from the beginning and is currently reaching crisis point. In this seminar, ESI will make a case for a humane and effective EU policy on asylum and borders that reduces suffering, protects the right to asylum and is politically viable. Such a policy needs to be realistic and based on what has worked and what has failed in practise. Next to this, it must provide politicians with an answer to populists – an answer that shows that migration control and humanity can be combined in a way that works for both migrants and voters.

About the speaker

Marijn Clevers started working at the European Stability Initiative (ESI) in August 2018. Marijn holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Human Development from UNU-Merit and a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences from University College Maastricht. At ESI she focuses on migration and human rights and follows the political situation in the Netherlands, Belgium and Turkey. After finishing her master, Marijn also did internships with the European Parliament in Brussels and the Netherlands Embassy in Ankara.

Venue: 0.16/0.17

Date: 18 September 2019

Time: 13:00 - 14:00  CET