Complementary Pathways in a Changing Political Context

28th May 2024, 15.00-16.30 (Brussels time)

Discussions and activities on complementary pathways into protection into the EU have incereased in recent years and several new pathways have been launched or planned.

Some pathways have, however, encountered difficulties due to changing and volatile political circumstances. As complementary pathways are by definition dependent on collaboration with and agreement of political authorities at different levels, such changes can be fatal to a programme.

This webinar aims to provide an overview on the interplay between political context and complementary pathways and, through two case studies from the COMET project, to consider how the changing political context impacted on the planned complementary pathways, how those developing the complementary pathways concerned adjusted their action in response, how damage could be limited and the planning and positive energy redirected.

Join us online for input and discussion from practitioners, experts and those wanting to become either in the area of complementary pathways.


15.00 Welcome
Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy (FCEI), COMET lead partner
15.05Opening Remarks
Sofia Reis Cabral, Directorate-General Migration & Home Affairs, European Commission
Complementary pathways in a changing political context – observations, trends, future expectations
Susan Fratzke, Migration Policy Institute Europe, COMET partner
Case study 1: Community Sponsorship in Catalonia and Spain

Aleksandra Semeriak, Fons Català de Cooperació al Desenvolupament (FCCD), COMET partner
15.45Case study 2: Educational Pathways to the Netherlands
Kirsten de Mik Justice & Peace Netherlands, COMET partner
Q & A, feedback from participants and reccomendations
16.25Concluding remarks

Moderator: Dr Torsten Moritz, Churches Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME), COMET partner

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