European Institute for Asian Studies
EU-Asia Migration Challenges: Countering People-Smuggling
  • Start10:00 AM - May 10 2016
  • End12:00 PM - May 10 2016
  • Asia Platform, Rue de la Loi 26, 10th floor, 1000 Brussels
  • +32 2230 81 22
  • alberto.turkstra@eias.org


Programme

09:30-10:00 Registration
10:00-10:05 Welcoming Remarks
Mr Axel Goethals, CEO, European Institute for Asian Studies
10:05-10:10 Introduction by the Chair
H.E. Dr. Alexander Spachis, Senior Associate, European Institute for Asian Studies
10:10-10:15 Presentation of EIAS Activities on Migration
Mr Varun Aggarwal, Researcher, European Institute for Asian Studies
10:15-11:15 Panel Discussion
H.E. Ambassador Mr Yuri Octavian Thamrin, Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia to the Kingdom of Belgium, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the European Union
Ms Geertrui Lanneau, Regional Labour & Economic Migration Specialist, IOM
Mr Peter David, Unit C1 – Irregular Migration and Return Policy, DG Migration and Home Affairs
Dr Ching Lin Pang, Interculturalism, Migration and Minorities Research Centre, KU Leuven
Mr Zsolt Rábai, Coordinator for Partners Across the Globe and Contact Countries, Public Diplomacy Division, NATO
11:15-12:00 Q&A
12:00-12:30 Cocktail Reception

Europe today faces an unprecedented influx of migrants and refugees. Asylum seekers and irregular economic and labour migrants have utilised the entrenchment of the smuggling infrastructure —funded by the flow of Syrian refugees desperately seeking shelter within the EU — to catalyse their numbers. These figures have raised alarms amongst European media outlets and policymakers. While drastically improving its understanding of migration issues and its consequences, the EU should also strengthen its close collaboration with international partners, organisations and actors, including NATO, in countering the human smuggling industry, by finding better synergies and deepening complementarities with others.
The EU should strengthen its efforts and devise possibilities of cooperation with other international players, including NATO, in better understanding the Asian migration challenges and perspectives, as well as addressing the refugee crisis and the human trafficking issues much more pragmatically. These problems provoke very negative socio-economic side effects, including triggering the enforcement of illegal and criminal networks and the worsening of irregular labour conditions. Belgium, with Brussels as the EU capital, can be the laboratory for some innovative solutions and alternative models.

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This seminar will highlight the need for the EU to strengthen its close collaboration with international partners, organisations and actors, including NATO, in countering the human smuggling industry, by finding better synergies and deepening complementarities with others.

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