Expert conference

Nordic perspectives on the European Asylum System

The cases of Sweden and Finland

Since the beginning of the refugee crisis the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) has been put to the test. A huge divide seems to go through Europe. The conference focuses on the question on how to handle the challenge politically.

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The Common European Asylum System (CEAS) has been put to the test since the beginning of the refugee crisis in the summer of 2015. In a much contested process the CEAS has been shaped to the current status quo in which the observable problematic consequences for the Union as a whole have arisen. A huge divide seems to go through Europe regarding the question on how to handle the challenge politically.

Particularly interesting are the different approaches of two neighboring member states in the north of the EU with similar economic and political impact: Sweden and Finland.

Their distinctly diverse asylum policies as well as their different interpretation of the CEAS are exemplary for the fragmentation within the EU. Therefore, the conference will focus on the Nordic perspective on the European Asylum System and the refugee crisis by including experts from the academic, non-governmental, and political level. The aim is to shed some light on the two polarizing case studies by identifying and ascertaining differences in their national interests, agendas and political practices in relation to each other and how this can be mirrored in the greater context of the European Union.

You can find the conference program here: https://www.politik-soziologie.uni-bonn.de/institut/lehrkoerper/prof.-dr.-wolfram-hilz/programm_nordicperspectives

The conference is a joint project of the Institute for Political Science and Sociology at the University of Bonn together with the the Finland Institute and the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundations┬┤ Nordic Countries Project.

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Venue

FIW Bonn University, Heussallee 18-24

Contact

Nadja Cornelius-Pieplow

Project Coordinator

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