Newsletter: Call to Europe IV: Building solidarity in asylum policy



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Call to Europe IV
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With more than 50 million refugees in the world, more than half of whom are children, there is a need to shape a progressive framework to construct a new narrative rooted on asylum based on solidarity, humanity and social justice.

This is why the Foundation for European Progressive Studies is focusing its annual conference Call to Europe on migration, asylum and refugee policies. FEPS aims to build a common progressive European approach and promote a pan-European interactive debate between policy makers, academics and civil society.  
Final programme
With the participation of...
Massimo D'Alema, President of FEPS and former Prime Minister of Italy
Algelino Alfano, Minister for Home Affairs, Italy
Eugenio Ambrosi, nominated Reginal Director for the European Economic Area, EU and NATO of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM)
Aissata Tall Sall, Mayor of Podor, Senegal
Gianni PittellaPresident of S&D Group at the European Parliament
Sergei Stanishev, MEP and President of the Party of European Socialists

And many more...
The film
Leave to remain: Omar, a charismatic Afghan teenager, is at the precarious juncture of having his refugee status decided. The arrival of a boy from back home threatens to change everything. Forced into a position where the outcome may be the difference between life and death, his only options are to tell the unbelievable truth or to tell a good story.

Screening will be followed by a debate with the director, Bruce Goodison, 
and the actor Ebrahim Esmail, who was an unaccompanied asylum seeker himself.
The magazine

"Call for solidarity. Asylum, migration, and integration policies in Europe" is the tittle of the new Queries magazine that will be launched during Call To Europe IV. It includes, among other issues, the contribution of Khalifa Sall, Mayor of Dakar, an opinion article by the French historian Benjamin Stora, joint interview with MEP and former president of LIBE committee Juan Fernando López Aguilar and Elizabeth Collett, Director of Migration Policy Institute Europe and Senior Advisor to MPI’s Transatlantic Council on Migration.

The book
During the book "How European Cities Craft Immigrant Integration. Something to learn”published by FEPS and Italiani Europei, will be launched. 

The book will represented by Irene Ponzo, one of the editors of the publication and will be distributed to the participants on the day of the event.

This book is on integration policies developed in several Europe cities (Avilés, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bradford, Cluj-Napoca, Florence, Lisbon, Nuremberg, Rotterdam, Sheffield, Turin)and it deals with different policy sectors (i.e. education, housing and urban policies, young immigrants, Roma, asylum seekers).
The structure
The format of the Call to Europe conference opts for more interaction between the speakers and the audience. Therefore, it does not operate with traditional presentations per se and typical questions and answers session. Instead it reinforces debate and discussion, and strives to create a result-oriented platform for the exchange of expertise and ideas with the questions imposed and ‘cafeteria discussion’ Q&A model. More info about the conference format and structure here. 
 
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If you require more information on the "Call To Europe IV" conference, please send an email to FEPS Events Organiser Kate Koc
For press, please contact FEPS Communication Advisor Alain Bloëdt
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