Friends of Europe is delighted to be partnering with the Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy for the local launch of the 2018 Debating Security Plus (DS+) report in London, United Kingdom, during the event ‘A Feminist Approach to Post-Brexit Migration’.
DS+ is a unique global online brainstorm which gathers a community of experts from the world of peace, security and defence to develop sustainable solutions to some of the biggest security problems facing the world today. Its 2018 report sets out 10 top recommendations addressing practical policy goals and shifts in security thinking, underpinned by a realistic roadmap for implementation.
A Feminist Approach to Post-Brexit Migration will set out a panel discussion based on the 2018 DS+ recommendation on expanding regular migration corridors.
The global security landscape is in flux. From increased tensions between NATO and Russia and ongoing difficult Brexit negotiations to China’s more assertive global stand under the consolidated leadership of President Xi Jinping, new challenges are continuously putting into question global security frameworks and approaches.
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The UK Government published their White Paper on immigration in December 2018 to outline post-Brexit immigration policy in “the biggest shake-up of immigration policy for 40 years.” As much of the Leave Campaign’s platform drew on racist, anti-immigration rhetoric, Brexit policies are so too anchored in a desire to control and exclude the ‘Other’, rooted in a fear that open borders are harmful to the UK’s national security. However, migration is a phenomenon of human mobility that is inevitable and unstoppable, which in need of regulation, not repression. In a post-Brexit world lead by a Prime Minister who has notoriously championed harsh immigration and asylum policies, the UK’s relationship with EU, both of whom are still managing the ongoing refugee crisis, will change drastically. UK immigration policy risks backsliding in a manner that will perpetuate the violent structures which cause displacement and mass migration in the first place.
A feminist approach to immigration and foreign policy is critical to ensure that both the UK and EU work together toward developing post-Brexit immigration policies which prioritize human rights. Greater attention should be focused on the causes of migration, looking at conflict prevention and resolution as well as the impact of climate change. Indefinite detention in the UK must end, and new ways of working with the EU to support asylum seekers and refugees prioritized.
● Migration is a phenomenon of human mobility that is inevitable and unstoppable, what regulation is necessary to stop the trend of repression?
● How can increased training and recruitment to match emigrant skills with job-market gaps help expand legal migration opportunities?
● What can governments do to impose tougher measures on human traffickers?
● How can two-way migration, making it easier for migrants to move across borders and back, be facilitated?
Antonia Erlandsson, Programme Manager
This event is by invitation only.