Conference – European asylum policy after Ukraine

Bratislava, 12.-13.7.2023

On 13 July, the conference European Asylum Policy after Ukraine was organised by the Institute for Central Europe in cooperation with the University of Liège and the University of Paris Cité in the framework of the ACRONYM project. The aim of the conference was to bring new perspectives on migration in the context of the ongoing war in Ukraine and the war-induced refugee crisis.

Four panel discussions were attended by MPs, representatives of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, migration policy experts, representatives of NGOs, academics and experts in the field of migration, who exchanged views on the topic and highlighted the gaps and shortcomings that hinder the adoption of effective decisions in the field of migration. The conference also highlighted the problem of politicians’ abuse of migration and emphasised the need to de-politicise the issue and reflect on migration through the prism of rationality based on facts.

The Central European Migration Research Hub was also launched at the conference as a virtual platform that will bring together and connect academics and experts in the field of migration from the Central European region and beyond. The platform is also intended to serve as a venue for sharing academic publications, migration and asylum projects, opportunities for collaboration, as well as various migration-related events and conferences, in order to facilitate networking and bringing people in the CEE region together on the topic. In the second part of the conference, the academics presented their scientific studies in which they highlighted the importance of the social and health perspective in the implementation of an effective asylum policy, the issue of discrimination against refugees who are members of minorities, and presented projects implemented by Slovak universities in the context of migration.