The Hague – ESI at Strategy discussion on migration diplomacy
ESI’s Gerald Knaus was invited to take part in a strategy group discussion on migration at the Clingendael Institute.
Gerald argued for a new push for humane borders in 2023 by putting an end to the deaths at sea occurring en route to the EU, alongside the activities of smugglers who prey on desperate migrants. He strongly criticised the lawlessness at the EU’s external borders, especially the notorious practice of pushbacks.
He argued that there is a strong need to negotiate migration partnerships with countries such as Turkey and Tunisia. The aim would be to ensure safe and swift return of migrants who are not in need of protection, thereby transforming these nations into pillars of a new, humane migration strategy. Alongside, Gerald called for the establishment of more legal pathways for migration to the EU, thus enabling a more controlled, humane, and legally sound approach to migration.
The strategy group included members from the Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Dutch Representation to the EU.
- ZDF, EU-Asylreform: "Keine pragmatische Lösung" ("EU asylum reform: "No pragmatic solution),TV Interview with Gerald Knaus 16 June 2023
- l'opinion, Gerald Knaus: « Nous avons besoin d’une diplomatie migratoire attractive en Europe ("Gerald Knaus: “We need attractive migration diplomacy in Europe), 13 June 2023
- De Standaard, ‘Nieuw migratiepact werkt niet, pushbacks zullen gewoon blijven’ ("New migration pact does not work, pushbacks will continue"), Interview with Gerald Knaus, 12 June 2023
- Berliner Zeitung, Gerald Knaus zu Asyl-Beschluss der EU: „Humane Strategie statt illegaler Gewalt“ (Gerald Knaus on EU asylum decision: "Humane strategy instead of illegal violence"), 11 June April 2023
- ESI proposal: Humane Borders