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The European Migration and Diversity (EMD) Programme provides independent expertise on European migration and asylum policies. The EMD Programme's analyses seek to contribute to sustainable and responsible policy solutions and are aimed at promoting a positive and constructive dialogue on migration.
The programme follows  the policy debate taking a multidisciplinary approach, examining both the legal and political aspects shaping European migration policies. EMD analysts focus, amongst other topics, on the reform of the Common European Asylum System; the management of the EU’s external borders; cooperation with countries of origin and transit; the integration of beneficiaries of international protection into host societies; the links between migration and populism; the development of resettlement and legal pathways; and the EU's free movement acquis. The EMD team benefits from a strong network of academics, NGO representatives and policymakers, who contribute regularly to publications and policy events.

Publications

Migration / POLICY BRIEF
‘When Mayors Make Migration Policy’: The future of city diplomacy
By Petra Bendel , Janina Stürner , Christiane Heimann , Hannes Schammann - 10/06/2021
Migration / 2021 MEDAM Assessment Report
The EU and Turkey: Toward sustainable cooperation in migration management and refugee protection
By Alberto-Horst Neidhardt , Olivia Sundberg Diez , Matthias Lücke , Martin Ruhs , Saime Özçürümez - 28/05/2021
Labour migration / ISSUE PAPERS
The EU’s legal migration acquis: Patching up the patchwork
By Tesseltje de Lange , Kees Groenendijk - 16/03/2021
Migration / DISCUSSION PAPER
EU return sponsorships: High stakes, low gains?
By Florian Trauner , Olivia Sundberg Diez - 19/01/2021
Migration / COMMENTARY
Pushbacks in the EU: How to end impunity?
By Tineke Strik - 16/12/2020

Contributions

Migration / PANEL DISCUSSION
Workshop on Migration
Helena Hahn was invited to speak at an online, closed-door workshop on Mediterranean Migration Governance, which featured separate panels focused on regional dynamics in North Africa, the Middle East and Europe. She spoke about the ongoing negotiations on the New Pact on Migration and Asylum, and the role of legal migration pathways in EU migration cooperation with third countries. She highlighted current challenges relating to COVID-19, EU resettlement efforts as well as Talent Partnerships, which future partnerships will need to jointly address in order to be meaningful and effective.

Workshop on Migration
26 May 2021 - ,
IEMed, George C Marshall Center and the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies
Migration / POLICY DIALOGUE
Where Are We Five Years After The EU-Turkey Migration Deal?
Olivia Sundberg Diez spoke at a public event on the past, present and future of cooperation on migration between the EU and Turkey. The event marked five years since the inception of the EU-Turkey Statement and takes place as discussions on the future form of cooperation are ongoing. Olivia highlighted the mixed results of the Statement in terms of resettlement, stemming arrivals, and supporting refugees in Turkey, and highlighted challenges that the future partnership will need to overcome to be effective.

The recording of the event is available here.

Where Are We Five Years After The EU-Turkey Migration Deal?
24 March 2021 - ,
German Marshall Fund
Migration / CONTRIBUTION
Virtual Brussels trip organised by Maastricht University
Helena Hahn was invited to present the EPC and discuss the European Migration and Diversity Programme’s ongoing projects and analysis together with Alberto-Horst Neidhardt as part of Maastricht University’s yearly Brussels trip for its MA Public Affairs and MA European Studies students.

Virtual Brussels trip organised by Maastricht University
04 February 2021 - ,
Maastricht University


Health / PODCAST

Vaccine certificates: Damned if you do, damned if you don't
An EU vaccine passport could help us get back to normal sooner, but at what cost?

Despite lingering disagreement between member states, the Commission will soon present its proposal for an EU vaccine passport. The upcoming 'digital green pass' should make it easier for EU citizens to cross borders in time for the summer holidays.

But not everyone is on board; health experts warn there are still too many unknowns about the effectiveness of the existing vaccines, while others worry about the ethical, social, and privacy implications.

With vaccine certificates becoming a potential ethical, technical and political minefield, the Commission and member state governments will have to think through all possible effects and outcomes: What are the benefits of having an EU vaccine certificate? What are the potential pitfalls? And what could be some of the unforeseen, downstream consequences in the long run?

In this episode, EPC analysts try to answer those questions, covering the health, social, freedom of movement and data privacy dimensions of the debate.

With contributions from Greek Minister of Digital Governance, Kyriakos Pierrakakis, and EPC policy analysts Simona Guagliardo, Alberto-Horst Neidhardt and Andreas Aktoudianakis; and Programme Assistant Helena Hahn.

With Rebecca Castermans , Alberto-Horst Neidhardt , Simona Guagliardo , Andreas Aktoudianakis , Helena Hahn

                             

Migration / PODCAST

The New Pact on Migration: Some answers, more questions
The Commission has finally launched the New Pact on Migration. After years of gridlock, Commission Vice-President of Schinas and Commissioner Johansson seem confident that this set of proposals can bridge the gap between the member states and deliver real progress on EU migration reform.

Marie De Somer, Head of the EPC's Migration and Diversity programme, Olivia Sundberg Diez, EPC Policy Analyst, and Matthias Lücke, coordinator of the MEDAM project (Mercator Dialogue on Asylum and Migration)assess the New Pact's strengths and weaknesses. What is it that is 'new' about this proposal? What are the chances that it will lead to actual reform? And can the new solidarity mechanism convince the more sceptical member states?

With Marie De Somer , Rebecca Castermans , Olivia Sundberg Diez , Matthias Lücke

                             

team

Head of European Migration and Diversity programme and Senior Policy Analyst
Expertise:
Immigration, citizenship, integration, inter-Institutional relations, free movement of persons
Policy Analyst
Expertise:
Common European Asylum System, international asylum law, external dimension of EU migration policy, integration and inclusion
Policy Analyst
Expertise:
Common European Asylum System, refugee law, migrants' integration, multiculturalism, politics of migration, EU citizens rights, free movement
Policy Analyst
Expertise:
Return and readmission, external dimension of EU migration policy, integration, Common European Asylum System
Junior Policy Analyst
Expertise:
Migration governance, external border management, migration and development, migrant integration
Programme Assistant
Expertise:
Return and readmission, Common European Asylum System, International Migration Law
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