Conference – “Afghanistan/EU – Ethno-religious conflicts and asylum policy”

The recently established agreement between Afghanistan and the EU, the so-called „Joint way forward on migration issues” (Kabul, 2 October 2016) has brought about a public debate in Luxembourg and other EU member states. Apart from the question of whether Afghanistan can be considered a “safe third country”, the agreement raises general issues on asylum policy, for example the problem of tying together foreign aid and collaboration in deportation/remigration measures.

The Key Area MIS – Migration and Intercultural Studies (University of Luxembourg) will contribute to these debates by co-organizing with the platform “Afghanistan is not safe, Luxembourg” on 31 January 2017 an evening conference on these topics. The aim of the conference is to bring together different perspectives and understandings – scholarly reflections, political reasoning, public claims and individual experiences.

The conference on 31 January 2017 comprises two lectures followed by a roundtable discussion.

 

Programme 19:00 – 21:00:

Playing the Ethnic Card: On the Ethnicization of Afghan Politics

Prof. Dr. Conrad Schetter (University of Bonn, International Center for Conversion)

The EU-Afghanistan joint way forward on migration issues – legal aspects and political discourse

Agnes Rausch (Honorary counsellor of state, member of Reech eng Hand)

Catherine Warin (University of Luxembourg, president of Passerell asbl)

Roundtable discussion

Prof. Dr. Conrad Schetter (University of Bonn, International Center for Conversion)

Agnes Rausch (Honorary counsellor of state, member of Reech eng Hand)

Cathérine Warin (University of Luxembourg, president of Passerell asbl)

Jawid Modasir (Afghan refugee in Luxembourg)

Prof. Dr. Harlan Koff (University of Luxembourg, Social Sciences-Migration Studies)

 

Moderation: Ines Kurschat (D’Lëtzebuerger Land)

 

Venue

University of Luxembourg

Campus Belval, Maison du Savoir, room 3540

2, avenue de l’Université

L-4365 Esch-sur-Alzette

GPS: 49.504839 | 5.948214

Access to Belval Campus http://wwwen.uni.lu/contact/belval_campus

 

Languages and contact

The conference languages will be English, French and Farsi, with simultaneous translation.

For further information, please contact Elisabeth Boesen (elisabeth.boesen@uni.lu).

 

Organizers: Key Area MIS – Migration and Intercultural Studies (University of Luxembourg) & Platform „Afghanistan is not safe, Luxembourg“