Improving the Responses to the Migration and Refugee Crisis in Europe

AT THE SUMMIT 2016 WE RELEASEd OUR second COMMON PUBLICATION: "Improving the Responses to the Migration and Refugee Crisis in Europe".


From Conflict to Equilibrium:
The Construction of a Common Ground for Social
and Political Consensus on Migration

author: Yves Pascouau Director of migration and mobility policies at the European Policy Centre (Brussels); Senior Research Fellow at the Jacques Delors Institute (Paris); Editor of the website

Over the last decade and more particularly the last couple of months, the EU has faced the development of increasing conflicts on migration related issues. This paper tries to sketch the picture
of the breadth of creeping conflicts currently taking place within the EU. At the same time the author argues there is still space to regain consensus and bring back the EU as a source of prosperity rather than a nest of problems.

Beyond Crisis Management:
The Path Towards an Effective, Pro-active
and Fair European Refugee Policy


Matthias M. Mayer, Project Manager, Bertelsmann Stiftung

Mehrdad Mehregani, Project Manager, Bertelsmann Stiftung

The paper puts forward policy-recommendations for a paradigm-shift from reactive to pro-active refugee policies. The overarching objective is to create further legal channels for refugees to seek protection in Europe. Measures include both national and EU-policies and are supposed to pave the way to a sustainable and coherent European refugee policy.

From Fragmentation to Integration:
Towards a “Whole-of-Society” Approach
to Receiving and Settling Newcomers
in Europe


Demetrios G. Papademetriou, Distinguished Senior Fellow and President Emeritus, Migration Policy Institute (MPI) and President, MPI Europe

Meghan Benton, Senior Policy Analyst, MPI

Due to the refugee crisis, the stakes for economic, social and cultural integration could not be higher. Countries need to both support people on the pathway to work, especially work that holds opportunities for skills development and upward mobility. They also need to create the conditions for intercultural and intergenerational relationships to flourish. And they need to ensure that newcomers feel a part of the collective ‘we’, while encouraging existing communities to feel part of the collective project of receiving and settling new arrivals. Although the paths to pursuing these goals will differ, this paper proposes principles that should stand most countries—and communities—in good stead not just for this crisis, but the next one.

Vision Europe — The EU and the Refugee


Massimo Bordignon, Bruegel and Catholic University of Milan

Pedro Góis, University of Coimbra and Center for Social Studies (CES)

Simone Moriconi, Catholic University of Milan, University of Luxembourg, CESifo

This study presents a discussion and some policy suggestions on how to tackle the refugee crisis in Europe. Beyond an analysis of the literature and data, the paper is based on the results of an online survey conducted in the Spring—Summer 2016 with front line organizations, belonging to not profit sector, private profit organizations and the public sector, directly involved in the management of the crisis in several EU countries. The survey is complemented with a number of interviews with renowned experts in the field confined to four profiles: Academics; Policy Makers;
Intelligence/security officers, and Integration officials.