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Tejo Series Conference 2016 - Refugees and Migration 02/08/2016 On the way to the World Humanitarian Summit

This conference took place in Lisbon on March 7, 2016 in cooperation with Lusiada university.

This Tejo Policy Conference explored the strategic relationship between Turkey and the EU regarding cooperation on the issue of refugees and migration management.The IPLI Foundation was pleased to co-organize this initiative with its Portuguese partner, Lusíada Center for Research in International Politics and Security (CLIPIS) at Universidade Lusíada in Lisbon.

To date, Turkey’s efforts to provide humanitarian relief to Syrian refugees has been enormous.As of the date of this conference, Turkey is hosting at least 2.7 million Syrian refugees on its soil and has spent upwards of $10 billion USD on their care.To date, EU countries relief efforts have been miniscule in comparison.As many experts have stated, the longer that the Syria crisis continues, the more its negative effects will ripple out to impact surrounding countries, potentially provoking even greater instability in the region and possibly beyond.As the international community struggles to coordinate public polices to effectively deal with the flows of refugees created by the ongoing Syria conflict, Turkey and the EU countries find themselves in a situation where more effective international cooperation between them is urgently needed.

While this Tejo policy conference took place in Lisbon, simultaneously in Brussels, leaders from EU states and governments met with Turkish policy makers to examine ways in which their refugee and migration policies could better be coordinated to address the current crisis.

This conference took place in Lisbon on March 7, 2016 in cooperation with Lusiada university.

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