Sarajevo (Bosnie-Herzégovine) // Zoom

International Conference : People on the move : (still) stuck in the corridor to the EU

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“Status quo and Perspectives”

The war in Ukraine suddenly brought the issue of forced migration back to the top of the agenda of political and public discourse in Europe. Before this dramatic escalation the numbers of those, who reached the EU in search for protection were relatively low, even though more and more people were displaced globally, especially with the latest developments in Afghanistan.

The number of asylum seekers in the European Union remained low, because many are stuck in the corridors to the EU. Border control policies, that structurally break international and EU law and even puts people’s lives in danger and cooperation with third states, such as Turkey, turned the EU’s external borders into dead ends for Thousands. This conference aims to shed a light on these people’s current situation and their potential perspectives.

HBS offices Sarajevo and Thessaloniki will bring together experts, grassroots activists, academia, practitioner and policy-maker from the region, the so called Balkan route as well as from the EU level, to have an in-depth look at the current status-quo of migration policies in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Balkans and the EU, taking the latest developments in Ukraine into consideration. A newly compiled paper on Bosnia and Herzegovina will be presented and discussed.

Over two days we will cover different aspects and challenges such as :

shrinking space/criminalization of people on the move and those showing solidarity with them,
media coverage of migration, mainstream narratives and hate speech,
“border management, the securitization of borders,
pushbacks and deportations,
asylum politics and alternative perspectives to stay.

The event will take place via Zoom. Preregistration is required.


DAY 1 - Local and Regional Challenges in the Balkans

9:00 - Welcoming remarks
9:30 - 11:30 - HORIZONS : Overview on the situation in BiH and the wider region
12:00 - 14:00 - “SHRINKING SPACES”
15:30 - 17:00 - MEDIA and MIGRATION along the Balkan route

19:00 - 21:00 - NETWORKING : Movies and discussions @ Meeting Point Cinema, Sarajevo

DAY 2 - The Balkans, the European Union and Beyond

9:00 - 11:00 - Human Rights at the EU’s external borders
11:30 - 13:30 - EU policies in response to the war in Ukraine
15:00 - 17:00 - Perspective to stay - ways forward