The EU-Turkey deal one year on between humanitarianism and border control
ACCESS EUROPE is happy to present another renowned Visions of Europe speaker who is an expert on EU-Turkey relations: dr Gerald Knaus, founder of the European Stability Initiative in Berlin.
One year ago, the EU-Turkey agreement laid the basis for diffusing the refugee crisis in the Aegean. It urgently needs to be implemented fully – and its lessons need to be applied to African migrants arriving by sea in Italy. The European Union urgently needs a credible policy on asylum and border management which must combine effective control of external land and sea borders with respect for existing international and EU refugee law. Such a policy must deter irregular migration. At the same time it must treat asylum seekers respectfully and implement fast readmission and fast asylum processes; resettlement needs to be expanded.
In the face of rising anti-refugee sentiment across the world, it will take a strong coalition of countries to protect the refugee convention. Such a coalition requires governments able to win elections on the platform that a humane asylum policy and effective border control can be combined and can even reinforce each other.
We'll continue the discussion over drinks after the lecture!
About the speaker
Gerald Knaus is the European Stability Initiative's (ESI) founding chairman. After studying in Oxford, Brussels and Bologna, he taught university economics in Ukraine and spent five years working for NGOs and international organisations in Bulgaria and Bosnia. He has co-authored more than 90 ESI reports, the book “Can Intervention Work?”, and scripts for 12 TV documentaries on South East Europe. He is a founding member of the European Council on Foreign Relations and was for five years an Associate Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School. He is based in Berlin and Istanbul and writes the blog www.rumeliobserver.eu.
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