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ACRE

Discussing migration with Tony Abbott

3 September 2016

The AECR is looking forward to discussing the European migrant crisis with the former Prime Minister of Australia, the Rt Hon Tony Abbott MP.

From 16-18 September 2016, the AECR will hold its next major conference in Prague, Czech Republic. At this conference, distinguished centre-right figures will meet to analyse and discuss the migration crisis and its effects on Europe.

Guest of honour will be Tony Abbott, who successfully solved the Australian migration crisis. Other speakers will include the renowned Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto, the President Emeritus of the Migration Policy Institute Demetrios G. Papademetriou, AECR Secretary-General Daniel Hannan MEP, and ODS Chairman Petr Fiala MP.

AECR President Jan Zahradil MEP, Leon Levy from Eurasia Group, the former Czech Ambassador to Israel Tomáš Pojar, the Vice Chairman of Migration Watch UK Alp Mehmet, and the Director of British Future Sunder Katwala will debate the European migrant crisis in a public panel discussion. Moreover, the conference will include sessions on the consequences of the UK referendum and on current challenges to the transatlantic partnership.

Since 2015, more than a million migrants and refugees have reached Europe, sparking a crisis as countries have struggled to cope with the influx. This crisis has created division in the EU over how best to deal with the humanitarian and political challenges.

Tony Abbott emphasises that there is a moral duty to help people fleeing for their lives, but that this duty requires tough action, too. Under his leadership, Australia adopted a strict border control system and turned away boats carrying migrants before they reached the country’s shores.