Europe has had a long history with immigration, but the later part of the 20th century saw a substantial increase. Following the Second World War, many Western European countries have started receiving large number of immigrants, both of European and non-European origins. While in the beginning the majority of immigrants were mainly economically driven (migrant/foreign workers), in recent years Europe has seen a wave of immigration driven by security reasons (people seeking asylum due to political and/or armed conflict).
Unfortunately, a large number of recent non-European origin immigrants are reaching out to the continent due the armed conflict at ‘home’ – coming mostly from Turkey, African and Middle Eastern countries.
Questions of how to accommodate these many refugees, whether it is safe to receive them from countries which are not culturally, politically or religiously similar to the European ones, or how to effectively stop the ‘refugee crisis’ have appeared in the global political and media discourse. Yet, the main question remains: how can Europe – as an international actor – help these people at home, so that they don’t have to flee their land in search of a better place? Does Europe have enough leverage to solve conflict abroad and avoid having to receive more and more asylum seekers?
A first step in trying to answer these questions is to understand the conflict, together with its historical background, political, social and economic implications. In order to elaborate on the topic of EU involvement in external conflict, EYfHR is proposing to raise awareness on the developing unrest in Kashmir, with the help of human rights, legal and media experts.
The event was divided into two sessions: a Panel Discussion and a Questions & Answers session, where the audience will be encouraged to directly take part in the debate. Each guest speaker was invited to deliver a 10-15 minutes initial intervention, followed by a round of 3 questions per speaker from the public. This interactive format provided a creative way to include the public in a group discussion. The aim of the conference was to encourage hot topics or people sharing ideas or information from a variety of perspectives.
Topics & Guest Speakers
- History of the Kashmir conflict and legal connotations. – Shamila Mahmood
- Kashmir Unrest. 100 days of curfew. – Mehboob Makhdoomi
- Media Role in the context of the recent uprising in Kashmir. – Hussain Shah
Moderator: Davide Cesario Castro