Asylum for Containment: EU Cooperation with Tunisia and Turkey for the Externalization of Asylum

Hybrid Event
22 March 2024 (15:00-16:30 CET - 10:00-11:30 ET)

European Union has intensified its cooperation with third countries in the field of asylum and migration and provides support for asylum systems in Tunisia and Turkey through a range of instruments including technical means (advice, training, capacity building), operational assistance (such as Frontex operations) as well as financial support for refugee status determination, refugee reception, migration and border management. In this panel discussion specific focus is given to the instruments’ compliance with transparency and accountability principles and international law, the extent to which the results achieved have been oriented towards facilitating mobility or the containment of asylum seekers and refugees, as well as their alignment with the United Nations Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) and the Global Compact on Migration (GCM). The analysis is based on the field research conducted within ASILE Project in selected countries including Tunisia and Turkey. These different case studies allow for the identification of fundamental challenges of European external asylum and migration policy which are not specific to just one third country.


Presencial (in Canada):
McGill Faculty of Law
New Chancellor Day Hall
Room 102

Online Event via ZOOM:


Thomas Spijkerboer

Full Professor of Migration Law at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Faculty of Law

Gamze Ovacık

Steinberg Postdoctoral Fellow on Migration Law at McGill University Faculty of Law and at the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism

Hiba Sha’ath

PhD Researcher at the Department of Geography at York University


François Crépeau

Full Professor at McGill University Faculty of Law

Event details

Date: 22.03.2024, Friday

Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 pm (Canada, EST) / 15h00 pm – 16h30 pm (Belgium, CET)