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VULNER Talk: The EU New Pact on Asylum and Migration Two Years on: Where do we stand?

Sep 22 2022


When: 22 September 2022 at 17:00 CET

In September 2020, the EU Commission launched its ‘New Pact on Asylum and Migration’, which lays out the EU legislative and policy agenda for the years to come (COM, 2020, 609final).

The New Pact states, among other policy objectives, that ‘the EU asylum and migration management system needs to provide for the special needs of vulnerable groups’. It also announces specific protection measures for the most vulnerable asylum seekers and refugees, such as the exemption from accelerated border processes, relocation to another EU member state, or resettlement to the EU.

This VULNER talk will take stock of the main policy developments at the EU level that occurred since the adoption of the New Pact. Discussions will seek to identify suitable strategies to develop and implement specific protection measures for the migrants and refugees who find themselves in the most vulnerable positions. Speakers will also address the conditions under which such specific protection measures may contribute to addressing and reducing vulnerabilities in migration more broadly – in line with objective 7 of the UN Global Compact for Migration.



  • Isabela Atanasiu, Legal Officer, DG Home Affairs, EU Commission
  • Marcus Engler, DeZIM, German Centre for Integration and Migration Research, Berlin, Germany
  • Julia Idler, Federal Ministry of the Interior and Community (BMI), Germany
  • Cathryn Costello, Professor, University of Oxford and Hertie School, Berlin, Germany
  • Sabrina Marchetti, Professor, Ca’Foscari University of Venice, Venice, Italy
  • Geert Knockaert, Head of Asylum and Reception Cooperation and Guidance Unit, EUAA


  • Susanne Höb, Population Europe


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This work has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 870845. It reflects only the authors’ views and the European Union is not liable for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.

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