|Time:||16:00 - 18:00|
|Location:||Centre for Humanitarian Action (CHA)
Migration to Europe is a phenomenon that has dominated public and media discourses for some time. State and regional level responses to the needs of people on the move have prioritized security over humanitarian interests. It is mainly the civil society actors, solidarity movements, and some NGOs that have filled the gap and stepped in to provide assistance and protection. Especially the obstacles to civil maritime search and rescue operations have been widely discussed in the media. But the space for humanitarian action is also shrinking on land. What are the factors that affect the Humanitarian Space in Europe? How can humanitarian actors act in a restrictive environment in which providing life-saving assistance to and protection of people on the move is criminalized? Which perspectives and solutions are thinkable and how can the different actors engaged in humanitarian action in the context of migration join forces to overcome these obstacles and reclaim the space for humanitarian action?
The Centre for Humanitarian Action (CHA) and Groupe URD invite to a roundtable discussion:
Migration and the Humanitarian Space in Europe
The inputs will be provided by
- Valérie Léon (Groupe URD), author of the study Solidarity and migratory flows (2018) and
- Kristina Roepstorff (CHA), author of the paper Migration and the Shrinking Humanitarian Space in Europe and research lead of CHA’s Shrinking Humanitarian Space project.
The inputs will be followed by an open discussion and a small reception.
The event will be held in English.
An event review including a report can be found here.