Concerning migration management, the EU seems to be stuck in a rut. Despite proposals made last September of a New Pact on Migration and Asylum, only very few steps have been taken since to materialize concrete changes. The latest increase in arrivals (and victims) along the Central Mediterranean route as well as the recent diplomatic crisis between Morocco and Spain were not followed by tangible results in the last European Council of 24-25 June. Outstanding differences between member states remain the main obstacle to a common EU response, and while a provisional agreement on the European asylum agency (currently EASO) has been reached, a deeper reform of the Dublin regulation appears to be politically unviable. What can EU countries and their partners do to govern migration in a spirit of collaboration and solidarity? How to strike common ground among member states for a comprehensive reform of European migration policies?
Chiara Cardoletti, Representative to Italy, the Holy See and San Marino, UNHCR
Laurence Hart, Director, Coordination Office for the Mediterranean, IOM
Julien Simon, Head of mediterranean Region, ICMPD
Matthieu Tardis, Research Fellow, Center for Migration and Citizenship, IFRI
Matteo Villa, Research Fellow, ISPI