EU responses

Marie-Anne Coninsx: Refugees: a big challenge for solidarity in Europe and the world (Video)

Marie-Anne Coninsx, Ambassador of the European Union to Canada, visited the University of Alberta on October 28, 2015. This video podcast has been co-funded with the assistance of the European Union. The contents of this video are the sole responsibility of the organizers and can not be taken to reflect the views of the European Commission.

https://youtu.be/Ia_Fm1D-E1o?list=PLTFxtb30TfsuGiRnGQO7xZDAodaQiUnN9

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Lori Thorlakson: EU Migration Policy Brief

Nearly one million asylum seekers, many from Syria, have arrived in the European Union in 2015. The European Commission has responded by identifying migration as one of its top policy priorities. It introduced its European Agenda on Migration in May, 2015.

EU policy draws upon, and all EU member states are bound by the Geneva Convention on the status of refugees. The EU Asylum Procedures Directive relies on the Geneva Convention definition of a refugee, and all member states are bound by the Geneva Convention to abide by the principle of non-refoulement, which requires that no state return a refugee to territory where they can come to harm due to their race, religion, nationality, social group membership or political views...

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Nicole Lugosi: Hungary’s unsurprising response to the 2015 migration crisis in Europe: Right wing populism hijacks post-9/11 discourse

Since summer there has been intense spotlight on the migration crisis in Europe. The numbers of migrants fleeing poverty and conflict from Syria, North Africa, and Afghanistan are staggering. In December the International Organization for Migration estimated that approximately 909 000 migrants and refugees have crossed European borders in 2015. Many are fleeing war-torn Syria, where ISIS-led violence has reached catastrophic levels for civilians. The international community has been very critical of Hungary's less than friendly response...

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Dr. Beat Nobs: Switzerland and the refugee crisis (Video)

Dr. Beat Nobs, Ambassador of Switzerland to Canada and the Bahamas, visited the University of Alberta campus on November 17, 2015.

https://youtu.be/rGx7HKEnOcg?list=PLTFxtb30TfsuGiRnGQO7xZDAodaQiUnN9

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