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ALDA at the international conference “Immigration, Refugees and Asylum Policies” in Milan



ALDA was invited to the international conference “Immigration, Refugees and Asylum Policies”, organised by Fondazione Rodolfo Debenedetti and Innocenzo Gasparini Institute for Economic Research at Bocconi University in Milan (Italy) on Friday 22nd April. 

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The event, opened by the Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs Paolo Gentiloni, brought together experts from all over the world discussing the current migration issue and possible ways to tackle it more effectively. Speakers included researchers from world-renowned academic institutions like Harvard University, Princeton University, the University of Essex and University College Dublin, as well as representatives of international organisations active in the field such as UNHCR and the International Organisation for Migration. 

The subject was considered from several different perspectives, including a comparison between today’s Europe and 20th-century US, where tightening the borders had proven to be an ineffective measure to face immigration. The socio-economic effects of migratory flows on our continent, including the shifts in people’s perception of it through time, were also taken into account and the data presented brought to the common conclusion that current policies at the European level urgently need revising in order to keep up with the evolution of the phenomenon, starting with improvements in burden-sharing and relocation.

ALDA attended the conference in the framework of its long-term commitment to the migration issue, as shown by the activities it has carried out together with its members to tackle the ongoing crisis. Through its action, the European Association for Local Democracy has contributed to highlight the importance of an effective and genuine aid to be offered by EU member states in cooperation with civil society and local authorities.
  
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