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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

Future of Europe / EPC ROUND-UP
Von der Leyen makes big promises, but will they be enough?
By European Policy Centre - 14/09/2022
Conference on the Future of Europe / EPC ROUND-UP
The Conference on the Future of Europe: From citizens’ recommendations to EU policy
By Ivano di Carlo , Sophie Pornschlegel , Francesco De Angelis , Laura Rayner , Danielle Brady , Filipe Ataíde Lampe , Silvia Carta - 05/05/2022

Contributions

Migration / CONTRIBUTION
Meeting with students from the College of Europe
Silvia Carta was invited to present and discuss the activation of the Temporary Protection Directive in the context of the EU's response towards people fleeing the war in Ukraine. This was part of the study trip to Brussels and Luxembourg organised for a group of students of the College of Europe (Natolin).

Brussels trip organised by the College of Europe
05 May 2022 - ,
College of Europe
Migration / INTERVIEW
Interview on the Activation of the Temporary Protection Directive
Silvia Carta was invited to speak at Radio Radicale (Italy) on the Council's decision to activate the EU Temporary Protection Directive in response to displacement from Ukraine. She provided an overview of the Directive’s scope, particularly looking at the situation of non-Ukrainian nationals displaced following the outbreak of the conflict. The recording is available here.

Interview on the Activation of the Temporary Protection Directive
03 March 2022 - ,
Radio Radicale
Migration / CONTRIBUTION
Internal hearing on "Security Union package/Schengen package"
Silvia Carta was invited to speak at an internal hearing on the Security Union and the Schengen Package at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). She focused her intervention on the Commission proposal for a Regulation amending the Schengen Borders Code and on the proposed Regulation addressing situations of instrumentalisation in the field of migration and asylum. The hearing will inform the EESC's opinion on the proposals.

25 February 2022 - Brussels,
European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)


Ukraine / PODCAST

From war zone to the work force? How to support women displaced from Ukraine on the EU labour market
It has been 3 months since Russia invaded Ukraine. Since then, 6 million people have fled the country. Most of them women and children. Quickly after the start of the war, the EU triggered the Temporary Protection Directive, an exceptional measure intended to give people displaced from Ukraine an automatic right to travel freely throughout Europe, and gain access to social welfare, healthcare, housing and work.

In this episode, we talk about how Ukrainian refugees have fared and how they are integrating in their host countries. And because so many of them are women, we delve deeper into what specific challenges that are facing on the labour market.

With: Lyuba Karpachova, Refugees Department Lead, Promote Ukraine; Lena Detlefsen, Postdoctoral Researcher, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW), part of the MEDAM project team; Teresa Hornung, Senior Adviser, BDA Confederation of German Employers' Associations; Katerina Dimitrakopoulou, Head of Sector working on Integration, Legal Migration and Integration Unit, DG HOME; and Silvia Carta, Policy Analyst, European Policy Centre.

This episode is part of the Mercator Dialogue on Migration and Asylum or MEDAM, a research project that develops evidence-based solutions for asylum and immigration policies. 

With Rebecca Castermans , Silvia Carta

                             

Afghanistan / PODCAST

Afghanistan revisited - Part I

Four months after the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, the spotlights have dimmed. But as winter sets in and the new regime tightens its grip, what is the state of the country, its people, and the Afghans that have fled and are still looking for safety? In this two-part episode, we talk about the unfolding humanitarian crisis, how Afghan refugees are faring in neighbouring and other transit countries, and what the EU and the international community are doing to address it. 

With Abdul Ghafoor Rafiey, founder and director of the Afghanistan Migrants Advice and Support Organization; Rene Taus Hansen, Afghanistan & Pakistan Department at the European External Action Service; and Helena Hahn, junior policy analyst in the European Migration and Diversity programme at the European Policy Centre.

This episode is part of the Mercator Dialogue on Migration and Asylum or MEDAM, a research project that develops evidence-based solutions for asylum and immigration policies. 

Additional sources:

MEDAM Assessment Report 2021

Challenges and priorities of the EU’s response to the situation in Afghanistan (Egmont Institute)

Afghanistan: Commission announces €1 billion Afghan support package (12 October 2021)


With Rebecca Castermans , Helena Hahn , Silvia Carta

                             

Afghanistan / PODCAST

Afghanistan revisited - Part II
Four months after the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, the spotlights have dimmed. But as winter sets in and the new regime tightens its grip, what is the state of the country, its people, and the Afghans that have fled and are still looking for safety? In the second part of a two-part episode, we discuss the EU’s tense, knee-jerk response to the crisis back in August and September, and what it has revealed about the EU’s current view and approach to migration policy.  

With Jean-Louis De Brouwer, the Director of the European Affairs Program at the Egmont Institute; Silvia Carta, Policy Analyst in the European Migration and Diversity programme at the European Policy Centre; and Helena Hahn, junior policy analyst in the European Migration and Diversity programme at the EPC.

This episode is part of the Mercator Dialogue on Migration and Asylum or MEDAM, a research project that develops evidence-based solutions for asylum and immigration policies. 

Additional sources:


MEDAM Assessment Report 2021

Challenges and priorities of the EU’s response to the situation in Afghanistan (Egmont Institute)

Afghanistan: Commission announces €1 billion Afghan support package (12 October 2021)



With Rebecca Castermans , Helena Hahn , Silvia Carta

                             

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:
Migration governance, external border management, migration and development, migrant integration
Policy Analyst
Expertise:
Common European Asylum System, refugee law, migrants' integration, multiculturalism, politics of migration, EU citizens rights, free movement
Programme Assistant
Expertise:
European and international asylum law, New Pact on Asylum and Migration, children in migration, Southern African migration policy, human rights and development

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