This event is part of the Migration Action programme, through which Friends of Europe examines the imperative of immigration in the context of economic sustainability and demographics, as well as its impact on public services, communities and security. Migration Action aims to bring together actors from a range of groups for comprehensive and balanced discussions, with the aim of developing coherent policy recommendations for national governments, European institutions and international organisations.
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12.30 – 13.00 Sandwich lunch and registration of participants
13.00 – 14.00 Conversation with HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan
Despite the headlines, refugee flows are not a uniquely European phenomenon. Roughly half of the world’s 24 million refugees and asylum-seekers are in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), reflecting the dominant pattern of people fleeing war and humanitarian crisis to seek shelter in neighbouring countries. Jordan is currently hosting approximately 2.8 million refugees and asylum-seekers, representing one third of its estimated 9.8 million inhabitants. In response, it has forged an impressive Response Plan 2017-2019 combining refugee and development assistance. Since the start of the Syria crisis, the European Commission has allocated over €657mn in humanitarian, development and macro-financial assistance to refugees and vulnerable communities in Jordan alone. Meanwhile, aid to Syria has risen to 50% of the Commission’s total humanitarian aid budget. With a protracted crisis in the region and migration flows projected to remain high, there is an urgent need for states and institutions to think about long-term solutions and to re-evaluate the connection between humanitarian and development aid.
HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal / Chairman of the WANA Institute, Jordan
14.00 End of debate