Policy Meeting on The EU and the UN Global Compact on Refugees

Policy Meeting
6 March 2020
The Egg, 175 Rue Bara, Brussels, Belgium

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The UN Global Compact on Refugees expresses the political will of all governments and relevant stakeholders to foster fair and human rights-compliant sharing of responsibility for refugees. Among key GCR objectives is that of expanding mobility and admission channels for international protection seekers through resettlement and ‘complementary’ pathways of admission, such as humanitarian admission programmes and visas. How do current EU asylum policies and instruments characterised by a ‘contained mobility’ logic – such as the EU-Turkey Statement – fit with the spirit and commitments enshrined in the UN GCR? What role should the EU play in ensuring EU member state government contributions in implementing the GCR? This session is organised in the context of the ASILE Project (Global Asylum Governance and the European Union’s Role). The project receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program.


Sergio Carrera

Senior Research Fellow and Head of JHA Unit, CEPS


Sophie Magennis

Head of Policy and Legal Support Unit, UNHCR Representation for EU Affairs, Belgium, Luxembourg, Ireland and the Netherlands

Jens Vedsted -Hansen

Professor of Law, Aarhus University,

Giulio Di Blasi

DG HOME, European Commission,

Fergal O’Regan

Head of Inquiries – Unit 2, European Ombudsman.