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Legal Channels for Refugee Protection in Europe: A Pivotal Moment for Strategic Thinking



The European Union has long acknowledged the crucial role for new and expanded legal pathways in creating a well-managed migration system. Yet to date, there has been a lack of common understanding among Member States on how legal pathways can and should be used, how different channels fit together to achieve migration objectives, or what is meant by commonly used concepts, such as humanitarian visas. The refugee and migration crisis thrust the issue of legal pathways to the top of EU and national government agendas, bringing with it new energy for innovation and action; but progress has so far suffered from a lack of strategic thinking on how legal channels can work together and how to overcome the design and implementation challenges Member States have faced.

Following the recently released mid-term review of the European Agenda on Migration, this webinar hosted by the Migration Policy Institute will offer insights from EU Member States on how existing, new, and untapped legal pathways—such as resettlement, community-based sponsorship, and family reunification—can interact with other humanitarian policies and fit into a larger protection strategy. The discussion will also highlight the findings of two new MPI Europe publications, Tracing the channels refugees use to seek protection in Europe and Engaging communities in refugee protection: The potential of private sponsorship in Europe.

Event Details

  • Date: October 12, 2017

  • When: 9:00 - 10:00 AM EST

  • Where: MPI Webinar