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The Zero-Sum Game of Migration in Europe: 20 years after Tampere

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Music and Green Rooms, Headington Hill Hall , Headington Campus, Headington Hill site


As we celebrate the Tampere 20th anniversary, we are delighted to invite you to the symposium ‘TheZero-Sum Game of Migration in Europe: 20 years after Tampere’.

Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Mr.Christos STYLIANIDES, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and CrisisManagement.

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On 15th October 1999, the European Council, which was under the Finnish Presidency, met in a special session in Tampere to kick-start the creation of the EU area of freedom, security and justice. The Tampere Framework defined an area where EU citizens and legally residing Third Country Nationals (TCNs) could enjoy their freedoms and live and work safely. The Tampere Conclusions highlighted that freedom and security should not be reserved exclusively to EU citizens but should also apply to legally resident TCNs within the EU. Among other issues, the Tampere Framework also called for a Common EU Asylum and Migration Policy based on the following elements:

  • Partnership with countries of origin;
  • A Common European Asylum System (CEAS);
  • Fair Treatment of Third-Country Nationals; and
  • Management of Migration Flows.

Since Tampere, EU cooperation has developed towards a more vigorous integration policy based on the principle of equality with the aim to grant TCNs rights and obligations comparable to those of EU citizens and enhance non-discrimination in economic, social and cultural lives by developing measures against racism and xenophobia. Yet, freedom of movement in the EU and the recent high in-flows of refugees, asylum seekers and economic migrants have seen rising anti-immigration laws, politics and attitudes. While the turn towards ‘Fortress Europe’ has been countered by movements and actions of solidarity by citizens, civil society organizations, businesses and cities throughout Europe, calls for positive narratives of immigration, refugees and integration have also increased at the level of governance.

Twenty years since Tampere, how far have we come?

These developments call for reflections on where we are with regard to integration and equality laws, policies and practices adopted by EU Member States (MSs) and their impact on the human rights and fundamental freedoms of migrants and refugees in Europe. Furthermore, as the governance of immigration shifts towards a ‘shared-responsibility’ paradigm, particularly in relation to the integration of refugees and asylum seekers, political, economic and societal actors have become increasingly involved in the processes through which migrants become part of the society in which they live and work. This redeployment or diffusion of state power and will through multi-level governance processes calls for an examination of the role, responsibility and actions of local authorities (e.g. municipalities, cities) and non- state actors (e.g. private sector and third sector organisations) in shaping, implementing and enabling integration processes and equal treatment of migrants into various domains of host societies.

Migration in Europe

For registration, please email: IntegrationAndMigration@gmail.com

The symposium is free of charge. If you wish to attend or you need further information, please email IntegrationAndMigration@gmail.com as soon as possible. In your email, please also indicate which of the three areas you are particularly interested in.


Dr Sonia Morano-Foadi, School of Law, Oxford Brookes University, smorano-foadi@brookes.ac.uk

Dr Clara Della Croce, School of Law, SOAS and Oxford Brookes University, cdella-croce@brookes.ac.uk Dr Louise Borg Haviaras, School of Law, Oxford Brookes University, 12053468@brookes.ac.uk

Dr Samentha Goethals, Research Centre for Business Society and Global Challenges, Oxford Brookes University, s.goethals@brookes.ac.uk