Unexpected unity in the EU: A step forward for EU asylum reform?

More than three Million people have fled the Ukraine and seeking refuge in Germany, Poland and many other European countries due to the Russian invasion of their country which led to a large refugee movement in Europe. We want to discuss which challenges Europe is facing at the moment, what rights refugees should have in the EU and which lessons Europe has learned from the dispute over the reception, distribution and accomodation of refugees in 2015 and 2016.

These and other interesting questions are discussed by three top-class experts: Prof. Dr. Cathryn Costello, Dr. Grazyna Baranowska, Anne Kjaer Bathel and Ursula Weidenfeld, our host for this episode.

Prof. Dr. Cathryn Costello is a Professor of Fundamental Rights at the Hertie School in Berlin and co-director of the Centre for Fundamental Rights. She is an expert in international and european refugee migration law. She has undertaken research for UNHCR, the Council of Europe and the European Parliament and she holds her doctorate degree of law from the University of Oxford.

Anne Kjaer Bathel is CEO and co-founder of ReDI School of Digital Integration. She is a graduate from KaosPilot in Denmark, a hybrid of a business and a design school. Previous to her current position, she has worked as a corporate social responsibility consultant. In 2012 she moved to Berlin to set up the Berlin Peace Innovation Lab. In 2015 in response to the refugee crisis, Anne co-founded ReDI School of Digital Integration, a vocational training programme teaching programming coding and text skills to refugees and marginalised people. More than half of these are women and girls.

Dr. Grazyna Baranowska is a researcher teaching at the Hertie School. She specializes in international human rights law and international humanitarian law and is Assistant Professor in the Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Institute of Science where she also received her PhD in international law.

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