The construction of Europe is one of the most important political projects of the 20th and 21st centuries. Throughout these decades, progress has been made which is difficult to imagine in the post-war period, such as the establishment of an internal market in which goods, people, services and capital circulate freely. However, the EU has also at times shown its weaknesses, its difficulty in providing a collective response to the challenges it faces.

Among these immediate challenges is the refugee crisis. With thousands of people on Europe's doorstep, an intense debate has emerged on what political, legal and social changes are needed to provide effective solutions to the crisis. Public opinion is divided and EU Member States have different views on how to manage immigration and refugee flows. 

Since September 2015, the the Royal University Institute for European Studies has carried out important research and multidisciplinary work on the refugee crisis, in collaboration with more than a hundred European academics and representatives of international organisations. One of the fruits of this effort has been the holding of the International Conference "Migration and Asylum: New Challenges and Opportunities for Europe", which took place on 21 and 22 April 2016. 


In this project, we aim, through various interrelated actions, to disseminate the knowledge accumulated on this subject by encouraging a wider and deeper debate with civil society.


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