News

2021

September

25 September 2021

Gerald Knaus was invited to give the keynote speech for the Intercultural Week 2021 in Meißen, where he explained the historical importance of the Geneva Refugee Convention and emphasised its relevance for the present.

23 September 2021

ESI’s Kristof Bender participated in a workshop in Budapest where he outlined how a coalition of EU member states could establish a system allowing to control the EU's external borders in a humane way, without systematic pushbacks and violence.

23 September 2021

ESI’s Gerald Knaus was invited to participate on an online debate on the topic: “East versus West – The immigration issue and how to overcome it” organised by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in Saxony.

23 September 2021

Gerald Knaus was invited to participate in a panel discussion on “Migration – how are Germany and the EU positioning themselves?” organised by Der Demografiekongress, where he spoke about the European debate on migration.

21 September 2021

Gerald Knaus was invited to give the keynote speech at a panel discussion on the question “Does the EU need migration or does it even have a choice?”, where he outlined ESI’s proposal for a new, humane approach on borders, asylum, and the dangers of pushbacks at the EU’s borders and the need for more resettlement initiatives.

20 September 2021

ESI’s Gerald Knaus was invited to participate in a panel discussion on Smart Sovereignty: More Capacity to act for German Foreign Policy, where he outlined the stance the new German government should take in the European migration debate

20 September 2021

Gerald Knaus was invited to participate in an online conference on “Visa Regimes No More: Time To Put People First”, where he showed how visa regimes have been harming businesses, breaking family ties, and preventing the freedom of movement within the Western Balkans.

19 September 2021

ESI’s Gerald Knaus was invited to give a presentation at Silbersalz Film Festival on Azerbaijan and its Caviar Diplomacy

19 September 2021

ESI’s Gerald Knaus was invited to give a presentation on the current situation at the EU’s external borders at Silbersalz Film Festival

15 September 2021

ESI’s Gerald Knaus was invited to participate on an online discussion on "EU integration of the Western Balkans: how to revive a stalling process?", where he proposed to strengthen the transformative character of EU enlargement by turning it into a two-step process during which the region would be integrated into the European Single Market before gaining full membership.

14 September 2021

Gerald Knaus gave the keynote speech at a Migration Expert Conference on an EU-Turkey Refugee Agreement 2.0. The event was part of a one-week trip to Ankara, Hatay, Kilis, and Gaziantep.

8 September 2021

ESI’s Kristof Bender participated in an informal discussion organised in the Austrian Federal Chancellery by Europe Minister Karoline Edtstadler about the current situation in Afghanistan and how establish a system that allows to control the EU’s external borders in a humane way.

3 September 2021

Gerald Knaus participated in a panel debate organised by FAQ Bregenzer Wald at the village church of Egg, Austria, where he explained his take on the European migration debate. 

2 September 2021

Gerald Knaus was invited to give a presentation on his book on the future of asylum and migration policy – “Welche Grenzen brauchen wir?” – at the city library of Dornbirn. 

1 September 2021

Gerald Knaus was invited to a workshop on the " Future of human rights policy in Austria and Europe, where he spoke about the evacuation of Afghans after the fall of Kabul and the situation at Afghanistan’s borders and outlined his take on the European debate on migration. 

August

31 August 2021

Gerald Knaus was invited by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in Geneva to give a presentation on „Crisis and Rebirth — A Global Refugee Protection System for the 21st Century.

30 August 2021

Gerald Knaus was invited to speak about “A stress test for European migration policy” at the think tank Avenir Suisse in Zurich, where he focused on the current European debate on migration. 

29 August 2021

Gerald Knaus was invited to a public event at the regional theatre of Vorarlberg, where he spoke about the current migration debate and made concrete proposals for a new start in the refugee debate.

July

26 July 2021

ESI’s Gerald Knaus was invited to participate in an online discussion on the “Azerbaijan Connection” with MP Frank Schwabe.

21 July 2021

Gerald Knaus was invited to a panel discussion on asylum and migration policy.