Berlin – ESI presentation on humane borders at Urania Berlin
ESI’s Gerald Knaus presented his book “Welche Grenzen brauchen wir?” on the future of asylum and migration policy at Urania Berlin, a scientific society and centre for dialogue between science and the public.
No other topic has influenced European politics in recent years as much as the debate about refugees, asylum, and migration. The discussion is often dominated by buzzwords, false factual claims, and bogus solutions.
Gerald explained what is really at stake and showed that humane borders are possible. He also explained which fundamental problems must be solved for this to happen and how abstract principles can be turned into policies that can be implemented by political majorities. Gerald showed why many societies find such solutions difficult and why many citizens are struggling with conflicting emotions. Moreover, Gerald pointed out the fragile status of the Refugee Convention and its non-refoulement principle, and why international cooperation agreements are key towards a solution.
- ESI proposals website: EU-Turkey Statement 2.0
- ESI draft of a revised EU-Turkey Statement 2.0, 16 March 2021
- ESI Newsletter: Essay 1 - The promise and the agony – saving the refugee convention
- Berliner Zeitung: Merkel advisor Knaus: Resettle refugees directly to Germany 17 March 2021
- Anadolu Agency, Humane borders, control through cooperation possible: Turkey, EU can show the way, 26 March 2021
- Falter: What borders do we need? Falter podcast of presentation by Gerald Knaus on refugee and migration policy, 5 April 2021
- Focus Online: Interview with Gerald Knaus: The Turkey deal has failed: "Germany could take in 30,000 refugees a year, 16 April 2021