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We hosted a workshop in Barcelona on the 6th and 7th of May, as an opportunity to discuss the ongoing refugees and asylum policy crises in Europe. The event was organised by the Green European Foundation, in collaboration with Fundació Nous Horitzons.
The programme of the workshop enabled a discussion on dismantling the European Fortress and the possibilities of alternative refugee and migration policies.
The first day of the event included a round-table debate on the role of the city in reception and social integration of refuges. Therefore, the focus here was on the situation occurring on the local level, with representatives from Austria, Germany and Barcelona.
During the second day, the workshop provided space for examining the context of the European refugee crisis and the externalisation of EU borders. These panels led to important conclusions about the impacts of the inner European policies that simultaneously affect the situation on an international level. Furthermore, the speakers provided interesting and different insights about the conditions in Libanon, Mellila and Italy, together with an overview of the development of general issues related to the refugees in recent years.
Finally, an additional topic was the question of the responsibility of European Union and its member states, along with the challenges of the Dublin Regulation. Here, Ernest Urtasun presented the Dublin Reform paper of the Greens at the European Parliament. This session evoked many questions and comments from the participants who valuated and criticized the Green position.
DAY 1 (Friday, 6th of May)
18:00 -19:30 Welcome by Susanne Rieger (Co-President of GEF) and RoundTable: Refugee-City: From reception to social integration moderated by Blanca Garcés (Resercher at Barcelona Centre for International Affairs)
DAY 2 (Saturday, 7th of May)
10:30 – 12-30 Welcome and opening remarks by Dolors Comas d’Argemir (Fundació Nous Horitzons), who will moderate Session I: The European Refugee Crisis and the Externalization of EU Borders.
13:00 – 14:30 Session II: European and States Members Responsibility. Challenges to the Dublin Regulation moderated by Gemma Pinyol (GRITIM-UPF)
14:30 Closing Session by Susanne Rieger
LOCATION: Centre Cívic Convent de Sant Agustí (Carrer del Comerç, 36) Barcelona
RELATED CONTENT: Debate videos from the second day of the event are available for streaming in Spanish.
Barcelona, 08003 Spain