20 June, 2016 – 15:00 to 17:00
Permanent Representation of the Slovak Republic to the EU, Avenue Cortenbergh 107, Brussels.


GLOBSEC Policy Institute and Migration Policy Instititute Europe are organizing an expert roundtable titled Finding Common Ground: Developing A Shared System for Asylum Management. The rountable will take place on 20 June 2016, from 15.00 to17.00, at the Permanent Representation of the Slovak Republic to the EU, Avenue Cortenbergh 107, Brussels.

The extraordinary mixed flows to the European Union in 2015 revealed stark differences in capacity and expectation across the European Union regarding the management and hosting of migrant and refugee populations. Despite a number of wide-ranging legislative and operational proposals that have now been put on the table, deep divisions persist, and mechanisms to support reception and relocation processes in many countries have been slow to develop. The goal of this short roundtable is to discuss how civil society and government might work more closely together to facilitate these processes in Slovakia, and other countries, drawing from existing experience across the European Union.

15.00-15.30                Welcome and Introduction to Aims of the Meeting

Welcome: Vladimír Šimoňák, First Secretary, Home Affairs, Permanent Representation of the Slovak Republic to the EU

Aims of the meeting:

  • Milan Nič, Research Director, GLOBSEC Policy Institute
  • Elizabeth Collett, Director, Migration Policy Institute Europe

Guest intervention: Zuzana Števulová, Director, Human Rights League, Slovakia

15.30-16.45                Discussion

Questions include:

  • How to build a collaborative relationship between government and civil society?
  • What resource gaps exist, and who is best placed to fill them?
  • What additional challenges do resettlement and relocation processes pose for current asylum systems?

16.45-17.00                Concluding Remarks

You can download the programme here.



Milan Nič

Head of Future of Europe Programme