Vienna – ESI at meeting on migration at the Danish embassy
ESI’s Gerald Knaus and Kristof Bender were invited to discuss humane migration control at a meeting at the Danish embassy.
They 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.
The meeting was organised by Ambassador Christian Grønbech-Jensen who invited representatives of several EU member states.
- ESI proposal: Safe Third Country Agreements
- ESI proposal: Humane Borders
- 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