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The European Migration and Diversity (EMD) Programme provides independent expertise on European migration and asylum policies. The EMD Programme's analyses seek to contribute to sustainable and responsible policy solutions and are aimed at promoting a positive and constructive dialogue on migration.
The programme follows  the policy debate taking a multidisciplinary approach, examining both the legal and political aspects shaping European migration policies. EMD analysts focus, amongst other topics, on the reform of the Common European Asylum System; the management of the EU’s external borders; cooperation with countries of origin and transit; the integration of beneficiaries of international protection into host societies; the links between migration and populism; the development of resettlement and legal pathways; and the EU's free movement acquis. The EMD team benefits from a strong network of academics, NGO representatives and policymakers, who contribute regularly to publications and policy events.


Migration / POLICY BRIEF
‘When Mayors Make Migration Policy’: The future of city diplomacy
By Petra Bendel , Janina Stürner , Christiane Heimann , Hannes Schammann - 10/06/2021
Migration / 2021 MEDAM Assessment Report
The EU and Turkey: Toward sustainable cooperation in migration management and refugee protection
By Alberto-Horst Neidhardt , Olivia Sundberg Diez , Matthias Lücke , Martin Ruhs , Saime Özçürümez - 28/05/2021
Labour migration / ISSUE PAPERS
The EU’s legal migration acquis: Patching up the patchwork
By Tesseltje de Lange , Kees Groenendijk - 16/03/2021
EU return sponsorships: High stakes, low gains?
By Florian Trauner , Olivia Sundberg Diez - 19/01/2021


Is Europe abandoning refugees?
Helena Hahn provided a video statement on pushbacks at the EU’s external borders for the online show “Is Europe abandoning refugees?”, produced by AJ Streams.

A recording of the show can be viewed here.

Is Europe abandoning refugees?
12 October 2021 - ,
Al Jazeera – The Stream
Migration / WORKSHOP
Workshop on the New Pact on Migration and Asylum
Helena Hahn was invited to speak at an online workshop entitled “The Future of the EU’s New Pact on Migration and Asylum: Perspectives from the EU and its member states”, organized by Ponto – Grassroots Think Tank. She led a session on the implications of the Afghanistan crisis for EU migration policy, looking at the EU’s ability to demonstrate global humanitarian leadership, the provision of humanitarian and development aid as well as refugee resettlement efforts.

Workshop on the New Pact on Migration and Asylum
05 October 2021 - ,
Ponto – Grassroots Think Tank
Presentation on the New Pact on Migration and Asylum
Helena Hahn gave a presentation on the status of the negotiations on the New Pact on Migration and Asylum as well as future prospects under the Slovenian Presidency as part of the Youth Project "Let's Rock the EU Migration Policy".

Let's Rock the EU Migration Policy
02 July 2021 - ,
Crossborder factory, Franco-German Youth Office, Cemea (France) and Youth Initiative for Human Rights (Serbia)

Health / PODCAST

Vaccine certificates: Damned if you do, damned if you don't
An EU vaccine passport could help us get back to normal sooner, but at what cost?

Despite lingering disagreement between member states, the Commission will soon present its proposal for an EU vaccine passport. The upcoming 'digital green pass' should make it easier for EU citizens to cross borders in time for the summer holidays.

But not everyone is on board; health experts warn there are still too many unknowns about the effectiveness of the existing vaccines, while others worry about the ethical, social, and privacy implications.

With vaccine certificates becoming a potential ethical, technical and political minefield, the Commission and member state governments will have to think through all possible effects and outcomes: What are the benefits of having an EU vaccine certificate? What are the potential pitfalls? And what could be some of the unforeseen, downstream consequences in the long run?

In this episode, EPC analysts try to answer those questions, covering the health, social, freedom of movement and data privacy dimensions of the debate.

With contributions from Greek Minister of Digital Governance, Kyriakos Pierrakakis, and EPC policy analysts Simona Guagliardo, Alberto-Horst Neidhardt and Andreas Aktoudianakis; and Programme Assistant Helena Hahn.

With Rebecca Castermans , Alberto-Horst Neidhardt , Simona Guagliardo , Andreas Aktoudianakis , Helena Hahn


Migration / PODCAST

The New Pact on Migration: Some answers, more questions
The Commission has finally launched the New Pact on Migration. After years of gridlock, Commission Vice-President of Schinas and Commissioner Johansson seem confident that this set of proposals can bridge the gap between the member states and deliver real progress on EU migration reform.

Marie De Somer, Head of the EPC's Migration and Diversity programme, Olivia Sundberg Diez, EPC Policy Analyst, and Matthias Lücke, coordinator of the MEDAM project (Mercator Dialogue on Asylum and Migration)assess the New Pact's strengths and weaknesses. What is it that is 'new' about this proposal? What are the chances that it will lead to actual reform? And can the new solidarity mechanism convince the more sceptical member states?

With Marie De Somer , Rebecca Castermans , Olivia Sundberg Diez , Matthias Lücke



Head of European Migration and Diversity programme and Senior Policy Analyst
Immigration, citizenship, integration, inter-Institutional relations, free movement of persons
Policy Analyst
Common European Asylum System, international asylum law, external dimension of EU migration policy, integration and inclusion
Policy Analyst
Common European Asylum System, refugee law, migrants' integration, multiculturalism, politics of migration, EU citizens rights, free movement
Junior Policy Analyst
Migration governance, external border management, migration and development, migrant integration
Programme Assistant
Return and readmission, Common European Asylum System, international migration law
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