Monday, February 6, 2017

Noontime Scholars Lecture: Karol Kujawa, "Migration Crisis: Implications for Turkish-EU Relations"


SpeakerKarol Kujawa (REEEC Visiting Scholar)
DateFeb 14, 2017
Time12:00 pm  
Location101 International Studies Building (910 S. Fifth St., Champaign) [University of Illinois]
CostFree and open to the public.
SponsorREEEC, European Union Center
Event typeLecture
The European Union (EU) currently faces many challenges, one of the most serious of which is a crisis of migration. Turkey is of crucial importance in this process: it is a transit country through which an important migration route towards Western Europe passes. Turkey has become a place of political asylum for more than two million Syrian refugees who escaped from the civil war in their country. The migration crisis led to a revitalization of the relationship between Turkey and the EU, and ultimately to the signing of the refugee deal, with its supposed solutions to the migration crisis. This new approach will be illustrated in comparison to Turkey's relationship with the EU prior to the 2013 crisis. Despite a significant increase in Ankara's public diplomacy activities in the EU, these efforts have not led to any long term results. The deal did not provide solutions to the migration crisis in Europe, or to the acceleration of the process of Turkey's integration with the EU.
Dr. Karol Kujawa is an analyst specializing in the Middle East, Balkans and European Neighbourhood Policy. ...

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