For the last two decades, the idea of a Common European Asylum System (CEAS) has been discussed in the EU. Negotiations on a reform has put the system under scrutiny, and shown its underlying systemic flaws. With diverging views between Member States, reaching a common solution is not an easy task. How can the EU collect all the pieces and complete the puzzle?

Date: Thursday 10 December 2020
Time: 12.00-12.40 CET
Location: FORES Youtube

Together with the European Liberal Forum, FORES launches “Pieces of the puzzle – Managing Migration in the EU”. In this study, the author Bernd Parusel puts CEAS in a historic context, discusses current challenges and possible solutions, and looks to future scenarios.  

The lack of legal pathways to the EU, failure to achieve a fair responsibility-sharing mechanism or a harmonised asylum determination are core issues addressed in this study. Parusel elaborates on these shortcomings and suggests pragmatic reforms. 

During this launch, a panel of experts will discuss both the publication, various policy recommendations and potential ways to move forward.


Bernd ParuselMigration and Asylum Expert, PhD in Political Science, author of “Pieces of the puzzle – Managing Migration in the EU”
Catherine Woollard, Director and Secretary General, European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE)
Rebecca Stern, Professor of Public International Law, Faculty of Law, Uppsala University

More panelists to be announced.

Moderator: Therese Lindström, Director of Migration and Integration Programme, FORES


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Live stream

The launch will be live streamed on FORES YouTube channel.


Pre-order the study here.


If you have any questions regarding the event, please contact Therese Lindström.

This event is organised by European Liberal Forum asbl in cooperation with FORES, co-funded by the European Parliament. #ELFevent


This study is a part of FORES work on sustainable and humane migration policies. With research and discussions, on national and international level, FORES contributes to decisions being factually based and well-thought-out. Read more (in Swedish).

Are you a company, organization or other actor in society that strives for sustainable and humane migration policies? Collaborate with us! We are happy to get new perspectives and share our knowledge. Contact Therese Lindström.