The Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies and the Illiberalism Studies Program cordially invite you to the University Seminar on "Europe Since COVID-19":
From the Frontlines: Migration to
Southern and Eastern Europe Since 2015
Friday, April 23, 2021
10:00 - 11:30 am (EST)
Virtual Event - Click Here for the Zoom Session
After a surge of migrants in 2015 and since the Covid pandemic, movement across Europe's external borders and internal national borders has largely ceased, casting doubt on the Dublin rules and Schengen agreement. At the same time, the EU Commission is seeking consensus for the new European Pact for Migration and Asylum to resurrect solidarity and insure shared responsibility for new arrivals. Key players in these developments are Greece and Hungary. The former is one of the Southern European states that first encounter migrants arriving by sea. The second is led by the most vocal among the Visegrad group, including Poland, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia, that is refusing to accept asylum seekers. There are increasing reports of pushbacks on land and at sea, and relations with the sending countries are tense. This webinar will consider the lessons learned from the great migration to Europe, and will assess the positive and negative aspects of the new Pact for Migration and Asylum with special attention to Southern and Central Europe.
Speakers:
Prof. Anna Triandafyllidou received her PhD from the European University Institute in 1995 and held teaching and research positions at the University of Surrey (1994-95), the London School of Economics (1995-97), the CNR in Rome (1997-99), the EUI (1999-2004) and the Democritus University of Thrace. She was a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at New York University in 2001, and a Colston Fellow at the University of Bristol (2001-2002). She serves as national expert in the OECD Network of International Migration Experts (formerly SOPEMI) and acts as an evaluator of research projects for the European Research Council, the Research Framework Programmes of the European Commission, the European Science Foundation, and several national ministries, research agencies and European and other universities. She has also worked as an evaluator for DG Home policies on migrant integration (2016-2018) and has been consulted by the European Parliament on high skill migration policy reform (2016).
András Kováts is a migration expert and the operative director of the Budapest based NGO Menedék. Furthermore, he is an Assistant Research Fellow at the Institute of Minority Studies of the Centre for Social Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences. His research topics are: International migration and asylum, immigration and social integration and migration and asylum policies. Recently he has been researching the formulation of the new Hungarian diaspora in the UK.

Mr. Kováts obtained degrees in special education and in social policy at ELTE University, Budapest. He regularly teaches on international migration and immigrant integration at various higher education and other training courses.

Menedék – Hungarian Association for Migrants – was established in January 1995 as a civil initiative. Its aim is to represent international migrants (asylum seekers, refugees, immigrants, and other foreigners in Hungary) to the majority society, and promote the social, and cultural integration of those refugees and migrants who are planning to stay in Hungary by means of targeted programmes and projects.
Moderator:
Hilary Silver is Professor of Sociology, International Affairs, and Public Policy and Public Administration at George Washington University. 
This event is on the record and open to the media.
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