JMDI participates in radio piece on migrants, refugees and Europe


Publication date

Oct 22, 2015
JMDI Focus area:
Migration and Integration


JMDI programme manager, Cecile Riallant, invited to speak on the radio FranceBleu on the topic of migrants and refugees and how Europe should manage the current flows.



JMDI programme manager, Cecile Riallant, was invited to speak on the radio programme FranceBleu on the topic of migrants and refugees and how Europe should manage the current flows on 5th October, 2015. The JMDI was joined also by Pascal Blanchard, historian and specialist in the history of migration and media attachee Eva Moncure from FRONTEX.

After presenting themselves, the interviewees responded to various questions looking at the numbers of refugees heading to Europe, where they are coming from, how the EU and various of its member states are reacting, whether the crisis is set to continue and the question of how to manage diversity and identity in an increasingly globalized world.

Highlights and main pertinent points included the need to look at the migration crisis from a global perspective and based on shared responsibility among all global actors and not only what is happening in the EU. This is particularly important given that the EU is actually not the region that is receiving the highest numbers of migrants and refugees.

The current political events and proposals from the European Commission were also explained, while also looking into what countries are refusing to get behind a sharing of the refugees to be resettled.

Emphasis was also put on how Europeans see themselves, the world as it is and how their fear of others and of being ‘invaded’, together with alarmist political dialogue and anti-migrant sentiment, is leading member states and the EU to implement inadequate migration policies that are out of touch with the globalized and transnational reality of human mobility.

The need to look at the root causes of such forced migration was also a key part of the debate where it was pointed out that the international community do seem to be moving towards this approach, this being one of the priority areas up for discussion at the upcoming Valetta Conference on migration.

Finally, the JMDI urged for understanding that while nation states control borders, it is local and regional authorities that are at the forefront of dealing with migration in their specific territories from providing social services, education to labour insertion. The role of such actors is therefore key if we want to ensure that we harness the positive elements of migration for local development and inclusive growth.

For more detailed information, listen to the interview here.