ESI's Gerald Knaus participated in a conference organized by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and the Konstantinos Karamanlis Institute for Democracy in Athens.
EU-Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos was the keynote speaker, other speakers were Vassilis Kikilias, parliamentary coordinator for migration policy of Nea Dimokratia, and Daniel Esdras, head of the Greece office of IOM.
Gerald doubted the effectiveness of the EU relocation policy which has produced poor results so far. He said that resettlement would be more efficient in terms of security, controlling the migration flows and protecting migrants from trafficking and dangerous routes. This would need to be combined with the readmission of migrants from Greece to Turkey.
ESI has argued since September that Turkey, Germany and Greece hold the key to any solution. This crisis will either destroy the international asylum system as we know it or mark a step forward towards a more just a regime to deal with asylum. It may mark the decline of human rights values in the EU or see them reaffirmed in the face of resistance.
While in Athens, Gerald also spoke at ELIAMEP on "Houdini Greece? Reflections on Greek options – seen from Berlin, Vienna and Ankara" and met with Greek Alternate Minister for Migration Policy, Ioannis Mouzalas.
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