Dutch Science Talks lecture. Europe and the Aftermath of the Refugee Crisis

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Please note, the topic of the lecture was changed, Jorrit Rijpma will discuss Europe and the Aftermath of the Refugee Crisis instead of Brexit.

About the lecture

Since 1999 the European Union has been progressively building a Common European Asylum System, as a corollary to the lifting of internal border controls. The Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union mandates this system to be built on the principle of solidarity and a fair sharing of responsibility.

In 2015, the so-called refugee crisis made painfully clear that the EU’s refugee system is common but in name. Solidarity and responsibility sharing are deeply contested concepts. More than anything else, the refugee crisis proved to be political in nature, in which Member States’ views on how to respond to the unprecedented influx of third country nationals clashed.

Today, the numbers of people arriving at Europe’s borders have significantly gone down. Echoing Angela Merkel’s famous word (“Wir schaffen das”), one may asked whether Europe indeed managed. One this is for sure: migration and asylum remain high on the political agenda. And whilst the European Union seeks to reform it asylum rules, the issue continues to divide Member States, as well as electorates.

In his lecture Dr. Jorrit Rijpma will explain the rationale behind the Common European Asylum System, as well as its failure before and during the refugee crisis. He will argue that many of the ad hoc responses provided during the crisis continue to inform current policy making and continue to divide the Member States. The progress made to prepare the European Union for future emergency situations has therefore been slow.

About the lecturer

Jorrit Rijpma is Associate Professor of European Law at the Europa Institute of Leiden Law School and holds a Jean Monnet Chair on Security and Mobility in Europe (MOSE). Jorrit studied law at the European Law School in Maastricht and the College of Europe in Bruges. He defended his PhD at the European University Institute in Florence on the regulatory framework for the management of the external borders of the European Union.
He conducted part of his research at the European border agency (Frontex) in Warsaw. He was a visiting professor at Koç University in Istanbul and Hastings College of Law in San Francisco. Rijpma's research focusses on cooperation in Justice and Home Affairs in Europe, the so-called Area of Freedom, Security and Justice.
He looks in particular at the link between security and mobility and the institutional and technological developments in this field. He is also one of the Directors of the Faculty's profile area on Interaction between Legal Systems, responsible for a research project on Maritime Security. Rijpma is a member of the standing committee of experts on international immigration, refugee and criminal law (Meijers Committee). He also acts as deputy judge and external council to a private firm of immigration lawyers.

The lecture will be in English

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