On 23rd September 2020, the EU Commission presented the Asylum and Migration Pact as a “fresh start” for migration and asylum policies in the European Union. Misleadingly, the proposals were presented through the image of a “house with three floors”. It falsely promises a new start in European migration policies, but in reality, the Pact reinforces current failed policies by focusing on deterrence, containment of people fleeing in third countries, strengthening of the external borders of the EU, detention of people, and acceleration of procedures at the borders at the expenses of the right to a fair and individual procedure. It also maintains the principle of responsibility of the Member State of first entry.
This first panel of the webinar aims at giving the floor to experts, whether lawyers, academics or NGOs, who have been working on the ground for years, witnessing first-hand the impact of EU's policies on people's rights. The second panel aims at reflecting on the way forward.
It will also be an opportunity to release at this occasion two new publications of The Left Group in the European Parliament:
· Our publication "The Migration and Asylum Pact: Challenging the European Commission’s narrative from a Left perspective"
· Our research on detention, a key feature of the Migration Pact entitled “Locked up and excluded": Informal and illegal detention in Spain, Greece, Italy and Germany”.
Cornelia Ernst, MEP, Germany, The Left coordinator in the LIBE committee and shadow on the Asylum and Migration Management Regulation
Roundtable 1: What do current policies teach us about pact implementation?
Roundtable 2: The way forward