Tutzing – ESI at debate on humane borders

30 October 2023
Gerald in Tutzing
Gerald Knaus with Gesine Schwan Photo: ESI

 ESI’s Gerald Knaus was invited to a panel discussion on migration and humane borders entitled “Dirty deal or new ideas?” organised by the Protestant Academy of Tutzing.

Gerald argued that the goal for EU countries should be a triad of fast and fair asylum procedures, strategic deportations, and generous assistance for countries of first asylum. Asylum procedures should be conducted in a manner that demonstrates to other countries the feasibility of granting asylum, while also aiding countries around the world in establishing their own asylum systems.

Such an approach would deter individuals who do not require protection from irregularly entering the country, by facilitating repatriation from key dates and offering legal mobility options. Expanding resettlement programmes is essential to lessen dependence on smugglers. Additionally, in line with the United Nations Global Compact for Refugees 2018, there should be an expansion of assistance for refugees in their first countries of refuge.

Gerald also discussed the recent EU-Tunisia migration agreement, pinpointing its shortcomings and proposing enhancements to ensure compliance with the rule of law and the protection of migrants’ rights.

Furthermore, he outlined essential reforms in asylum policy, emphasising the need for the European Union to uphold its core values and prevent further loss of lives in the Mediterranean.

He debated with Gesine Schwan, German political science professor and member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany.