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Moritz Jesse at World Conference of the Association for the Study of Nationalities in New York

Dr. Moritz Jesse, associate professor of European Union Law at the Europa Institute Leiden, addressed the members and audience of the panel “Citizenship and the Refugee Crisis” at the World Conference of the Association for the Study of Nationalities in New York, which took place at Columbia University, New York.

Moritz presented the paper “The Arrival of the “Other(s)”: What Can be Learnt about ‘Us’ as Nations from Legislative Changes after the “Refugee Crises” of 2015?” in which he briefly sketched the reaction of the EU and its Member States to the large influx of refugees in and before the summer of 2015. Moritz focused on the more or less successful attempts to react to this crises in a European way and the more or less successful attempts to resist uncoordinated national responses in order to conclude that the way in which immigrants, including refugees, are defined, administered, and kept out of the EU by means of coordinated European action potentially is the starting point for a European definition of ‘otherness’ in immigration and asylum law.

The World Conference of the Association for the Study of Nationalities in New York is an annual event organized by the Harriman Institute for Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies at Columbia University. It takes place in spring in New York City and allows around 800 scholars from around the world to exchange views on Nationalism, Ethnicity, Violence, Conflict, Economic Development and other connected topics.

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