Bern – ESI presentation on humane borders at the Swiss Society for Foreign Policy

2 March 2022
Bern. Photo: crash71100 / flickr

ESI’s Gerald Knaus was invited to give a presentation on “(How) are humane borders possible? Refugee Law and Politics in Europe.” The event was organised by the Swiss Society for Foreign Policy and Avenir Suisse.

In his presentation, Gerald spoke about current refugee debates , with a focus on the Ukrainian refugees coming to the EU due to the Russian invasion. He also analysed the situation at the EU’s external borders, where pushbacks have become common, particularly at Poland’s border with Belarus, in the Aegean, in the Mediterranean and how difficult it has become for migrants to claim asylum.

Gerald’s presentation was followed by a discussion with Alexandra Karle (Executive Director Amnesty International Switzerland) and Beat Stauffer (journalist and author).