Central European Perspectives on Migration

Workshop on Migration in Budapest by the Multilateral Dialogue KAS Vienna


In his famous essay „After Europe” the Bulgarian political scientist Ivan Krastev stated, that the 2015 refugee crisis led to a kind of 9/11 in the politics of the European Union. Indeed, various traditional parties declined and new political movements arose around this new political fault line. Different geopolitical concerns, national attitudes and fears as well as polarising and populistic rhetoric in this matter also created a new division between the European south and north, but especially between eastern and western states. There is no doubt that the European Union can only coup with the challenges caused by migration and asylum if it is strong and united. But discomfort and centrifugal forces still can be seen among the member states – six years after 2015.

In several aspects within the field of migration policy, the Central European countries Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia share common approaches and interests. In these countries there is a great deal of rejection within the population towards immigrants, which is reflected in the political positions of the governments. Currently, the New Pact on Migration and Asylum is being negotiated in the EU. However, since this is expected to oblige all EU member states to contribute to overcoming the challenges that arise from asylum law and immigration, the Pact on Migration and Asylum does not find any support among the Central European countries. Therefore, we think it is important to address this broad political field and have a closer look how the existing stalemate can be resolved.



Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Until 19.00 Individual arrival

19.00 Welcoming dinner

Thursday, 23. September 2021

10.00 Opening and Introduction Claudia Crawford, KAS Vienna

10.05 Recent developments and debates in EU and national migrations policy in the Central European Countries

11.30 Coffee Break

12.00 Securing the external borders
Impulse: Kristof Bender, ESI, Austria

13.00 Lunch

14.30 The Proposal of the New Pact on Migration and Asylum
Impulses: Hannes Schreiber, MFA, Austria (virtual), Tado Jurić, Catholic University, Croatia (virtual)

16.00 Break

18.00 Current stage of asylum and migration policies of the EU: Brussels Dictatorship or Paradise of Subsidiarity?
Impulse: Vít Novotny, Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies

19.30 Dinner

Friday, 24. September 2021

10.00 Third country agreements and cooperation with countries of origin
Impulse: Szabolcs Janik, Migration Research Institute, Hungary

11.30 Break

11.45 Potential agreements for the New Pact on Asylum and Migration

12.30 Closing lunch

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