The refugee crisis has been dominating headlines for months. However, beyond the short-term crisis, there will also be long-term implications for European societies. Citizens are concerned about integrating new arrivals, and political tensions have been running high. It is vital, therefore, to encourage discussion and debate across Europe about integration issues.
To this end, Debating Europe, with our partners at the Czech Debate Society, recently hosted a public debate in the Czech Republic about refugee integration. The debate was moderated by Martin Režný on behalf of the Czech Debate Society, and involved Dr. Josef Kraus from the Department of Security and Strategy Studies (BSS) at the Masaryk University in Brno, and Zora Hesova and Petr Novak, from the Department for Asylum and Migration Policy at the Czech Ministry of the Interior.
For our Czech readers, the video (in Czech) is posted below:
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