On 4-5th November the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) will organise the 4th Annual Call to Europe IV "Building Solidarity in Asylum Policy" conference in Brussels, Belgium. Call to Europe IV aims to provide the space for a pan-European debate on migration, asylum and refugee policies in order to highlight the paths for actual reform and substantial improvement.
On November 4th, the FEPS in cooperation with the S&D Group will host the screening of the film "Leave to Remain" which is based on a real-life story and directed by the BAFTA winner Bruce Goodison. The film will guide the audience through the personal story of an Afghan teenager and highlight at the same time the situation of thousands of asylum seekers who face similar circumstances of waiting their refugee status to be decided upon.
On November 5th, the conference will bring together policy makers, academics and civil society specialists for a pan-European debate on migration, asylum and refugee policies. The conference will be structured in the following sessions:
Building a Common Progressive European Approach on Asylum (Session 1)
Conflict and asylum seekers in the MENA: a wake up call for EU neighbourhood policies (Session 2).
With keynote speeches of:
Massimo D’Alema, President of FEPS and former Prime Minister of Italy
Algelino Alfano, Minister for Home Affairs, Italy
Dimitris Avramopoulos, appointed Commissioner for Migration & Home Affairs (tbc)
Eugenio Ambrosi, nominated Regional Director for the European Economic Area, the EU and NATO of the International Organization for Migration (IOM)
And others to be confirmed.
For more information, visit the conference's website here.