30 Years of EU Migration and Asylum Policies: success or failure?

Hosted by the LSE European Institute

Online public event


Sophie Magennis

Sophie Magennis

Professor Florian Trauner

Professor Florian Trauner

Dr Natascha Zaun

Dr Natascha Zaun


Dr Eiko Thielemann

Dr Eiko Thielemann

This panel will explore the current challenges affecting migration throughout Europe.

Thirty years ago the Maastricht Treaty was signed, creating today’s ‘European Union’ and representing the biggest single transformative text on European integration since the Treaty of Rome in 1958. As internal barriers began to fall, new walls and policies have risen between Europe and the rest of the world. How did Maastricht treaty affect migration through and to Europe? How have migration policies developed today? 

Meet our speakers and chair

Sophie Magennis (@Magenniss) is Head of Policy and Legal Support at UNHCR Representation for EU Affairs.

Florian Trauner (@ftrauner) holds a Jean Monnet Chair at the Institute for European Studies of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and is a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe. His research interests concern the field of European integration, in particular EU justice and home affairs (internal and external dimension), dynamics of EU decision-making, fundamental rights and rule of law promotion, and EU-Western Balkans relations.

Natascha Zaun is an Assistant Professor in Migration Studies at the European Institute at LSE. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Bremen. Before coming to LSE, Natascha was a Junior Research Fellow in global refugee policies at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford.

Eiko Thielemann (@thielema) is Associate Professor in Political Science and Public Policy in the Department of Government and the European Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

More about this event

The LSE European Institute (@LSEEI) is a centre for research and graduate teaching on the processes of integration and fragmentation within Europe. In the most recent national Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) the Institute was ranked first for research in its sector.

This year the LSE European Institute is celebrating its 30th Anniversary. The European Institute has been at the forefront of study and research on Europe for three decades and will be running a series of special events to mark the occasion. 

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