Harvard European Law Association: Unravelling the European Migration ‘Crisis’

Harvard European Law Association: Unravelling the European Migration ‘Crisis’

Professor Heaven Crawley was one of the panellists at the seminar organised by the Harvard European Law Association (HELA) 13th April 2016, discussing the European migration ‘crisis’ from a legal perspective.

Europe is facing an unprecedented challenge. More than a million migrants and refugees crossed into Europe in 2015, and continue to do so in 2016, sparking a crisis as countries struggled to cope with the influx, and creating political tension and division in the EU over how best to deal with resettling people.

During this lunch talk at HELA, a range of esteemed panellists  discussed the legal, political and humanitarian aspects of the refugee crisis. The panellists included:

  • Professor Heaven Crawley, Chair in International Migration, Coventry University UK – talking about the dynamics of the migration crisis, routes and the EU-Turkey deal
  • Professor Dr Iris Goldner Lang, UNESCO Chair on Free Movement of People, Migration and Inter-Cultural Dialogue, University of Zagreb HLS Visiting Professor and Fullbright Fellow – addressing the ways in which the crisis has affected EU law and the European Union
  • Professor Saime Ozcurumez, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Bilkent University – providing a comparative perspective and ask what Europe can learn from the experience of other countries like Canada, US and Turkey

Further details about the event can be viewed here.