A seminar with Philippe Fargues, Robert Schuman Chair, Director of the Migration Policy Centre, European University Institute and MEI Associate.

Moderated by Jill Goldenziel, Research Fellow, International Security Program, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Senior Fellow, Fox Leadership Program, University of Pennsylvania.

Mass movements of people from the Middle East seeking asylum in Europe have gained enormous momentum since the spring of 2014. The flows of refugees and migrants that are converging on Europe and then crossing the continent are unprecedented in magnitude, diversity, origin and itineraries. The responses of states and civil actors along their journey are similarly varied: ranging from welcome and solidarity, to expulsion and abuse. The presentation will first review the facts. It will then address the question of the nature of the crisis (refugees or migrants?) and its triggers (push or pull?).  It will finally discuss responses provided so far by governments and non-governmental actors from the Arab States and Turkey to Europe and conclude on possible developments in the near future.

For more on Professor Fargues, click here.

For more on Jill Goldenziel, click here.

Light lunch will be served.