Conference examines EU migration policy, refugee crisis

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The University of Illinois at Chicago will host “Fortress Europe or E Pluribus Unum?,” a conference addressing issues of migration and asylum policy in the European Union.


Sept. 23, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Sept. 24, 8:15 a.m. – 1 p.m.


Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
Residents’ Dining Hall
800 S. Halsted St.


As hundreds of thousands of refugees risk their lives to reach the European Union, countries from Greece to Finland, and from Poland to the United Kingdom are forced to address the issue. The crisis has also spurred, both within states and at the national level, an intense conflict centered on issues of identity and economics.

“This event highlights what is without a doubt the most serious crisis facing the European continent and the European Union idea since World War II,” says conference co-organizer Alexandra Filindra, UIC assistant professor of political science. “How the European Union, its member states, and those along its periphery respond to it will help shape the future of Europe.”

The symposium, a joint effort between UIC and Rutgers University, will bring together scholars working on questions of EU governance and migration policy, as well as some participants with recent on-the-ground experience with refugees in Turkey and Greece.

Panels and presentations will cover topics such as EU responses to the refugee crisis, immigrant and refugee integration, ethical and legal implications, and comparisons to migration governance and citizens’ attitudes in North America.

Admission is free. For more information, call (312) 996-1234 or visit online.

The event is supported by grants from the European Union Studies Association and the European Union Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Sponsors include the UIC Office of the Chancellor; UIC College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; UIC College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs; the UIC departments of communication, classics and Mediterranean studies, and political science; and Columbia College Chicago.

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