Unpacking EU Asylum Policy in light of The UN Global Compact on Refugees

Virtual academic conference
19 January 2021, 15:15-16:45 CET
via Zoom

Within the virtual academic Conference on the 70th Anniversary of the founding of the Office of the UNHCR “70 Years Protecting People Forced to Flee“, ASILE had organized a Europe Session on “Unpacking EU Asylum Policy in light of The UN Global Compact on Refugees: The Impacts of Containment on Trust and Refugee Protection“.

The UN Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) constitutes a unique world-wide framework of cooperation on refugee protection to assess and examine EU asylum policies.  

The adoption of the New Pact on Migration and Asylum by the European Commission reveals the continuation of previously existing asylum policies focused on containment, and the increasing use of non-legally binding and financial instruments or arrangements fostering protection elsewhere or refugee deterrence policies. Simultaneously, the Pact promises increased refugee mobility through legal pathways to admission. 

This Session assessed the most recent developments in EU Asylum Policy from the perspective of their impacts on the UN GCR core guiding principles: international refugee protection and human rights. It will examine the ways in which EU policies focused on ‘contained mobility’ affect trust in internal and external EU asylum policies.  

Particular attention was paid to the ways in which refugee voices and agency could be better tailored in EU asylum decision-making dynamics. 


Roberto Cortinovis

Researcher, CEPS


Prof. Jens Vedsted-Hansen

Aarhus University

Prof. Rosemary Byrne

NYU Abu Dhabi & ASILE Advisory Board Member

Prof. Audrey Macklin

University of Toronto, ASILE Country Expert & Advisory Board Member


Dr. Meltem İneli Ciğer

Suleyman Demirel University & ASILE Partner

Mohammed Badran

Syrian Volunteers Netherlands (SYVNL)

Anila Noor

Policy advisor on Diversity, integration & Gender Inclusion & Member of the European Commission Expert Group on the Views of Migrants and co leading Global Refugee Led Network (GRN) and New Women Connectors (NWC)

Dr. Nikolas Tan

The Danish Institute for Human Rights & ASILE Partner

Event details

Date: 19.01.2021, Tuesday

Time: 15:15-16:45 CET