BLOG | Unforeseen Dilemmas: The EU-Tunisia Migration Deal in Light of Human Rights Concerns. Was it a mistake?

Tunisia has become the main exit point for asylum seekers and refugees, especially those from sub-Saharan Africa. The EU, faced with a surge in arrivals to Lampedusa, has bolstered its cooperation with Tunisia, signing a Memorandum of Understanding with President Kais Saied. However, questions arise over the EU's handling of human rights abuses in Tunisia, reminiscent of past agreements with Turkey. Nargiz Mustafazade, a trainee in the Brussels office of EUROPEUM Institute, writes about this topic in her blog.

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RevivEU | Did the Russian war in Ukraine change anything?

We invite you to a public podcast recording focusing on the discussion of changes in the Czech approach to refugees due to the Russian war in Ukraine. We will delve into shifts in Czech solidarity towards refugees and also discuss the new migration pact, its content, and significance.

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Evropa pro Čechy | As long as there are Ukrainians in the Czech Republic, we have an exemption from the migration pact

There are simply no quotas in the migration pact that would force the Czech Republic to accept refugees from other EU countries, Viktor Daněk, deputy director of the EUROPEUM Institute, says unequivocally on the Deník's Evropa pro Čechy podcast.

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Máte slovo | Migration Pact

Will the migration pact make it compulsory for the Czech Republic to accept refugees? Will the pact limit the flow of refugees into Europe? Viktor Daněk, deputy director of the EUROPEUM Institute, discussed this on Czech Television's programme Máte slovo.

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Novinky.cz | Migration Pact could cost the Czech Republic millions of crowns

The Czech Republic will be able to apply for an exemption from the migration pact because of Ukrainian refugees on its territory. If this exemption is not granted, the Czech Republic will either have to accept more migrants or pay a sum of up to 480 million CZK per year into an EU fund. Viktor Daněk, deputy director of the EUROPEUM Institute, commented on the migration pact for online outlet Novinky.cz.

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iDnes.cz | What exactly is in the migration pact

The European Union has approved a migration pact, and from 2026 individual states will either accept their share of refugees or pay to opt out of this obligation. However, since the Czech Republic has already accepted a large number of refugees since the outbreak of the war in Ukraine, it should temporarily be exempt from this obligation. However, as noted by Viktor Daněk, deputy director of the Institute for European Policy EUROPEUM, this is not an exemption explicitly granted to Czechia. Exemptions are determined based on the number of people granted asylum or similar protection in a given country.

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ČT24 | The Migration Pact is about border protection, but it also brings new responsibilities

The European Parliament recently approved the Migration Pact, which, among other things, deals with the relocation of asylum seekers. Minister of the Interior Vít Rakušan claims Czechia will have an exemption from solidarity due to the number of Ukrainian refugees it accepted. The Migration Pact will take effect in two years, and its strengths and weaknesses were analysed by Viktor Daněk, Deputy Director of the EUROPEUM Institute.

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RevivEU | Has the war in Ukraine changed the Czech approach to migration?

We would like to invite you to a debate focusing on the discussion about changes in the Czech approach to refugees as a result of the Russian war in Ukraine. The event will take place on April 24, 2024, at 18:00 in Brno at the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University, in room U41 (4th floor).

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Hospodářské noviny | We are threatened by the influx of refugees and the loss of oil and gas. It is not in our interest to support everything Israel does

"Europe must stand behind Israel and support its right to exist. But that does not mean that it should take a completely unilateral position on the Gaza conflict. It would pay the price for that", says Luuk van Middelaar, a professor and one of the most respected commentators on events in the European Union, in an interview with Hospodářské noviny. Midelaar participated in the Prague European Summit organised, among others, by the EUROPEUM Institute.

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EURACTIV.CZ | Podcast: EU builds 'Fortress Europe'. Even Ukrainian refugees haven't changed that

The war in Ukraine, which has caused the arrival of millions of refugees in the EU-27, has come at a time when the European Union is dealing with the reform of its migration policy. How has the experience of the refugee wave seeped into it? Our deputy director Christian Kvorning Lassen comments on this in the EURACTIV.cz podcast.

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