Panel discussion: Shaping EU migration policies. 10 October 2023, Brussels

Published 2023/10/04

Date and Location

10 October 2023, 17.00 – 18.30 CEST

L42, Rue de la Loi 42, 1040 Brussels

Shaping EU migration policies: Bridging the gap between local realities and political decision making in the EU

Cities across Europe are on the frontline, doing the lion's share of the integration work. In recent years, they have joined forces in city networks such as the International Alliance of Safe Harbours (IASH) to advocate for a progressive, human rights-based approach to migration policy in the EU.

During this event, we will discuss the challenges lying ahead in EU migration policy and how cities integration practices are affected on the ground. We will also discuss about the EU Pact on Migration and Asylum, as it enters the final stage of negotiations and would have serious implications for the individual right to asylum.

How can European cities help the EU to build a fair and efficient migration system? How can dialogue and collaboration between cities, organised civil society and the EU on migration policies be improved? These are the questions we will address together with city representatives, city networks, and EU decision-makers.


16:30 Registration and coffee

17:00 Panel discussion with:

  • Erik Marquardt MEP, Greens/ EFA

  • Anna Schmidt, Policy Officer for Asylum, Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs, European Commission,

  • Mathieu Garabedian, Deputy Mayor of the City of Villeurbanne, France

  • Janne Grote, Representative of the International Alliance of Safe Harbours (IASH) and Policy Officer for City Networks in Refugee and Migration Policies at the Berlin Senate Department for Integration, Germany

18:00 Q&A with the audience

18:30 End of the event Moderation by Laura Colini, University of Venice/From the Sea to the City

Please register here before Monday, 9 October 2023.

The panel discussion is organised by Moving Cities and the EU-funded project Cities4Refugees in cooperation with the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung European Union, the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Brussels and the Berlin Governance Platform. It is part of the two-days event “Heading into the 2024 Elections – Solidarity cities reshaping migration in Europe” on, 10-11 October 2023 in Brussels”.

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