Conference on 'Europe Welcomes: the role of municipalities in EU's asylum system'

12 May 2021

Speakers from local governments such as Barcelona, Strasbourg and Leuven, NGOs, migrant-led organisations and institutions explored the welcoming nature of local communities and municipalities and discussed how municipalities can be better integrated in EU asylum policy. The conference explored alternatives which can better highlight the crucial role of local communities in EU legislations including through better and simplified access to structural funds and a more active role in the future relocation mechanism.

Here the page of the EUROPE WELCOMES campaign by the Greens/EFA: 


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14:00 - 14:05: MEP Damian Boeselager to open event

14:05 - 14:10: Opening Remarks by the Portuguese Presidency, State Secretary, Claudia Pereira

14:10-15:00: Panel 1 - The experience of willing communities (50 mins)
Moderated by Teri Schultz

  • Deputy Mayor of Leuven, Lies Corneillie 
  • Seebrücke, Alina Lyapina
  • Unire, European Coalition of Refugees, Syed Hasnain
  • ARCI Italy, Filippo Miraglia
  • MEP Damien Careme, Chair of ANVITA

15:00-15:50: Panel 2 on the role of municipalities in the future EU asylum policy (50 mins)
Moderated by Shada Islam

  • Mayor of Strasbourg, Jeanne Barseghian
  • Caritas Belgium, Anne Dussart
  • Co-founder and President of the HUMBOLDT-VIADRINA Governance Platform, Gesine Schwan
  • Barcelona Councillor's Office for Citizen Rights, Júlia Trias

15:50 - 15:55: Remarks by the European Commission, DG HOME Legal Migration and Integration, Laura Corrado

15:55 - 16:00: Closure of the event by MEP Tineke StrikErnest Urtasun and Saskia Bricmont

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