Politics, migration and borders in Europe

This event will tackle topics relating to global rules and migration, in the context of the UK Nationality and Borders Bill and the Polish-Belarusian border.

Members event, Panel
9 December 2021 — 4:00PM TO 5:00PM

Migration is a political lightning rod in domestic politics, but what happens when domestic practices breach international rules? Evidence of this tension is in the headlines again with events at the Belarus-Poland border.

Tensions remain high between Turkey and the European Union as millions of Syrian, Iraqi and Afghan refugees are being held in political limbo. In the UK, hundreds of refugees crossed the English Channel in November as the Nationality and Borders Bill, which some consider a breach of the UN convention on refugees, is moving through Parliament.

 This event considers:

  • What does the UK’s Nationality and Borders Bill mean for migration to the UK? Is it in line with international law?

  • Do the international rules on migration and refugees still apply? If not, what are the risks for international relations and the security of migrants?

  • Are we likely to see further weaponizing of migrants as has been seen on the Polish-Belarusian border?

  • How can the UK and European countries work together to respond to migrants and refugees appropriately?

This event forms part of Chatham House’s ongoing work on Effective Multilateralism.

As with all member events, questions from the audience drive the conversation.

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