Munich – ESI lecture on migration for administrative management course of the Bavarian State Government
ESI’s Gerald Knaus was invited to give an online presentation on migration and asylum policy for the Bavarian State Chancellery’s internal training programme.
In his presentation, Gerald focused on the current policies and attitudes of EU member states towards migration, highlighting the use of pushbacks and how they lead to inhumane solutions. He also criticised the recent EU-Tunisia deal and how it is not a solution to the problem to reduce migration nor protect migrants. Therefore, Gerald argued for humane policies, presenting ESI’s most recent proposal on safe third countries and how this can stop deaths and reduce irregular migration in a humane way.
In addition, Gerald argued that a paradigm shift is needed in Germany’s migration policy. Due to increasing numbers of asylum applications and irregular Mediterranean crossings, action must be taken. Key measures include supporting Ukraine, enhancing European solidarity with Ukrainian refugees, and disincentivizing irregular migration to the EU. To achieve this, EU member states need a renewed cooperation with Turkey, strategic deportations after cutoff dates, serious offers of legal mobility, and asylum procedures in safe third countries.
- ESI proposal: Safe Third Country Agreements
- ESI proposal: Humane Borders
- ESI proposal: EU-Turkey Statement 2.0
- RND, „Die bisherigen Vorschläge reichen nicht“ ("The proposals to date are not enough"), Guest article by Gerald Knaus, 4 November 2023
- Süddeutsche Zeitung, Mehr Regeln, mehr Humanität (More rules, more humanity), Op-ed by Gerald Knaus, 2 October 2023