The refugee crisis of summer 2015 is still haunting Europe and has proven a highly controversial topic within the European Union. While the EU-Turkey Agreement on refugees in March 2016 defused the immediate crisis and led to the closure of the "Balkan route," refugees and migrants are perishing in the Mediterranean on a daily basis in a desperate attempt to reach Italy. Why is a European solution for dealing with refugees, and migration in general, so difficult to achieve? What can be done to address the root causes? What shape could a European solution take?
European Stability Initiative (ESI)
Andreas Nick, MP
German Bundestag (CDU/CSU)
Migration expert; Professor at La Sapienza University, Rome
Editor-in-Chief, Berlin Policy Journal
Recent ESI presentations on this issue:
On 14 June, ESI met with Austrian President Alexander van der Bellen to discuss EU asylum and migration policy: