ESI's Senior Analyst Alexandra Stiglmayer participated in a working conference in the Hague whose results will feed into an advisory report for the Dutch government. She advocated improving the implementation of the EU-Turkey Statement in line with ESI's proposals from December 2019. She also called for serious negotiations with countries of origin about return and readmission, where ESI's Gambia plan could serve as a blueprint.
The conference was organised by the committee on asylum and migration of the Dutch Advisory Council on International Affairs (AIV). The AIV is an independent body whose role is to advise the government and parliament. It is part of the "polder architecture" in the Netherlands that aims for decisions to be taken based on wide consultation and a high level of consensus.
The participants of the workshop were independent experts, members of the AIV, and officials from the Dutch foreign and justice ministries. Among others, the experts included Matthias Lücke from the Kiel Institute for the World Economy who coordinates the Mercator Dialogue on Asylum and Migration (MEDAM); and Catherine Woollard from the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE).
- ESI paper: How to implement the EU-Turkey Statement Phase II: key facts and key steps (24 December 2019)
- ESI newsletter: Gambia Plan – win-win with Africa – the 11th commandment (29 July 2019)
- GMX, "Migrationsforscher: 'Dass EU durch Abkommen erpressbar wurde, ist vollkommener Unsinn'" (23 December 2019)
- Knack, "Migratie-expert Gerald Knaus: 'De sleutel om het migratievraagstuk op te lossen ligt in Gambia'" ("Migration expert Gerald Knaus: "The key to solving the migration issue lies in The Gambia") - also available in French: "La clé pour résoudre le problème de la migration se trouve en Gambie" (11 December 2019)