Thinking Lab on Migration & Integration
Ronja Scheler is a doctoral candidate and research assistant in the EU/Europe division of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, SWP). She also pursues a PhD at the Free University of Berlin, dealing with the EU’s footprint as a security actor in Southeast Asia. Ronja holds an MA in International Studies from the University of Sheffield and a BA in European Studies, History and Law from the University of Osnabrück.
Following the latest tragedy involving migrants, 28 members and leaders of the EU have initiated plans for a military operation to combat criminal gangs who smuggle refugees in thousands per ship. The details of the initiative still need to be clarified, and the body of water where the operation will cover needs to be decided. This will require Libya’s permission to destroy the smugglers’ boats in its territorial waters. The EU needs to obtain a mandate in order to operate under Chapter 7 of the United Nations (UN) charter.
On 28 June 2016, the German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, together with the German Federal Minister of State for Europe, Michael Roth, officially launched the DIALOGUE ON EUROPE-project at the Europasaal of the German Federal Foreign Office in Berlin. (more…)
The Thinking Lab on Migration & Integration focuses on one of the most crucial challenges currently faced by the European Union. Within one year, based on the diverse experiences Southern European countries and Germany have so far gathered, the Lab will deliver a genuine European perspective on migration and integration policy. The concept of “people on the move” rather than “refugees” or “migrants” remains the center of the debate.