29 september 2021
9 november 2021
Register now for this conference on the 70th anniversary of the 1951 Refugee Convention, organized in cooperation with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
This conference addresses the social and economic rights of refugees in regions of origin. We will reflect on the proliferation of European and international policy initiatives that aim to improve refugee reception in Africa and the Middle East. EU Trust Funds, EU Compacts, and international funds are increasingly employed to boost refugee reception in regions close to conflict areas. How should we assess these initiatives? Are they successfully increasing refugee rights, or are they merely a tool to exclude refugees from the European Union? These questions will be discussed in a hybrid conference by three panels of academics, politicians, policymakers and representatives from international organizations.
Full programme: Conference Programme
Registration and lunch – 12:00 – 12:45
Opening by Ashley Terlouw, chair of the Meijers Committee – 12:45 – 13:00
Session 1 – Social and Economic Rights in the Refugee Convention – 13:00-14:00
Session 2 – Changing political contexts, shifting policy approaches – 14:10-15:10
Session 3 – Operationalizing law and policy in practice – 15:20-16:20
Closing remarks by Marriët Schuurman, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 16:20-16:30