Past eventResearch Event

Hungary's Response to the Refugee Crisis

21 October 2015 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Chatham House, London


Levente Benkő, Political Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hungary
Quentin Peel, Mercator Senior Fellow, Europe Programme, Chatham House
Chair: Ruma Mandal, Senior Research Fellow, International Law Programme



As ever-increasing numbers of people seek refuge in Europe, EU states have struggled to formulate a coherent response. The crisis has revealed deep divisions between European states over their responsibilities to refugees and migrants and raised questions about the future direction of the Common European Asylum System. The speakers will discuss Hungary’s approach to the crisis as well as the impact of Germany’s open door policy, against the wider backdrop of international and EU law.