On 29 April the University of Deusto hosted the seminar entitled “Asylum Policies of the European Union: external and internal dimensions”.
The seminar was part of the Research Project funded by the Ministry of Innovation and Competitiveness “Asylum policies of the European Union: convergences between the internal and external dimensions - EURASYLUM led by Joana Abrisketa, lecturer at the University of Deusto.
Fourteen lecturers and researchers from several Spanish and foreign universities (Pompeu Fabra, ICADE, Carlos III in Madrid, Cádiz, Nijmejen, Queen Mary University London, Copenhagen, Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of Deusto) addressed the great challenges of the asylum policy of the European Union from different perspectives.
The main theme of the seminar was the questioning of the coherence between asylum policies and their human rights compliance. The seminar focused on three major issues: the extent to which the European Union contributes to the implementation of existing international instruments on the protection of refugees; the scope of the principle of solidarity and responsibility to welcome asylum seekers; and what alternatives could be proposed to overcome the blockade of the system.
The seminar, which ran for the entire day, was an opportunity for the EURASYLUM research team to meet with the external advisory professors of the project. As the proposal to reform the EU’s asylum system launched in 2016 did not succeed, the aim of the project is to send a series of recommendations on asylum to the EU institutions within the framework of this proposed reform.