In March 2019, the European Commission declared the migrant crisis to be at an end. Indeed, the number of people crossing into Europe has fallen dramatically since 2015. However, the fire at the Moria Refugee Camp on the island of Lesbos in September 2020 drew attention to the tens of thousands of refugees currently stuck in overcrowded, slum-like conditions in Greek camps.
Under an EU-Turkey deal signed in 2016, asylum seekers arriving on the Greek islands via Turkey are supposed to be automatically returned to Turkey and, in return, Europe has committed to accept one Syrian asylum seeker from Turkey who has already qualified and been accepted for asylum in Europe. However, legal challenges have blocked the return of asylum seekers to Turkey, with camps growing steadily more crowded, dangerous, and unsanitary as their inhabitants lose hope for their future.
On Wednesday 18 November at 09:00 CET, we will be streaming an online Citizens’ Panel discussing the issue of European democracy. We invited Juan Fernando López Aguilar, Member of the European Parliament (Spain, S&D) and Chair of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, to discuss Europe’s approach to migration.
You can watch the stream here or on our Facebook page.
Does Europe have the right approach to migration? If not, what needs to change? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!