Conversations for the Future of Europe: 1. The Future of Refugee Policy and Burden-Sharing in Europe

15th January 2019 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Sala Europa, Vila Schifanoia
Via Giovanni Boccaccio
121, 50133 Firenze FI
Julia Maria Magdalen Hiltrop

EU refugee and asylum policy has been subject to growing controversy in recent years. Is the solution mandatory re-distribution of refugees among member states? How else can we ensure a fair sharing of costs and burdens across member states?

Conversations for the Future of Europe | January – June 2019

Objective: To guide the steps of the European Union and to mobilise its citizens so as to make policy change possible, it is not sufficient to analyse the past and criticise the present. It is necessary to develop concrete proposals for a better future and to subject them to critical multidisciplinary discussion. The Conversations for the Future of Europe aim to contribute to such discussion.
The focus of our Conversations will be to consider concrete and politically feasible projects which may guide the future development of the Union. A concern for political applicability, however, is compatible with creativity and boldness. Indeed, it may require it.

Format: Each Conversation will focus on one issue manifesting as a major challenge to the EU. The issue will be briefly introduced by two presenters, each presenting a brief proposal for how to address this challenge. Presentations will be followed by comments from one or two discussants after which, there will be a general discussion.

Output: The aim of the Conversations is to facilitate debate and inspire far-sighted, creative ideas for how to address current policy problems. However, we wish to share those ideas with a wider community. We will therefore invite all presenters to publish their contributions on our online blog. It is also our intention that some Conversations will be developed into more substantive pieces and published as debate sections in academic journals such as the Journal of European Public Policy (with whom we are in contact).


Prof. Andrea Sangiovanni (EUI – Department of Political and Social Sciences)

Dr. Mette Eilstrup-Sangiovanni (EUI – RSCAS and University of Cambridge)


Dr. Eiko Thielemann (LSE)

Prof. Dr. Matthias Lücke (Academic Co-Director MEDAM and Kiel Institute for the World Economy)

Discussant: Prof. Andrew Geddes (Director, Migration Policy Centre, EUI)




The Conversations for the Future of Europe are organised in collaboration with the ERC-funded project EUSOL.