Dr Jacek Kucharczyk, President of IPA: The EU has been slouching toward a common policy on migration for a long time and progress has been frustratingly slow for such an important issue. Still, it seems that the EU and member states have been able to learn from both mistakes and successes.
The so-called migration crisis of 2015 is mainly a lesson in failure as the hastily adopted refugee resettlement scheme alienated Central Europeans, who felt that the EU tried to force them to share the responsibility for problems with which they could hardly relate. Nevertheless, this failure led to presenting the EU Pact on Migration and Asylum. Some aspects of the comprehensive common framework, however, have raised legitimate concerns from the human rights perspective. Read full article