On May 12, 2016, The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) hosted a workshop in Brussels on “Migration and Foreign Policies, the Search for a Better European Governance” with the support of New-Med research network and Compagnia di San Paolo.
GMF invited a mixed group of approximately 30 experts from various EU institutions, international organizations, and specialized agencies, to discuss and explore how migration and mobility policy can better interact with foreign and security policy. The workshop was held under the Chatham House Rule and discussions focused on the migration challenges ahead for a European governance response to migration management in the short- to mid-term, and demographic and political developments in the Middle East and Africa. The group discussed in greater depth the EU-Turkey deal and the Valletta Summit as case studies for interaction between migration and foreign policies as well as concrete EU responses to large influxes of refugees from 2015-16. The group also examined the potential options for how governmental weaknesses and the identified barriers in finding an effective and comprehensive approach can be overcome in the future.
The workshop was led by Rosa Balfour, senior fellow; Jessica Bither, program officer; and Astrid Ziebarth, migration fellow.