Mass Migration and Border Control: A Divide in the EU?

With an increasing flow of migrants into Europe, tensions are running high as European leaders are divided on how to respond to one of the largest migrant crises.  While split on policy approaches to emerging migration trends, the European Union (EU) faces a further divide as member states rush to impose their own individual border controls to limit the flow of migrants. Amid these disputes, the rising popularity of nationalist political parties are increasing these tensions.


This panel will bring together top experts from the EU Delegation to Canada, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF), University of Toronto and University of Guelph to discuss the changing political atmosphere in Europe, and the differing views on migration. How will the rise in popularity of nationalist parties impact response to migration? Can EU member states respond effectively as a cohesive entity? How are these expanding measures affecting migrants?


When: August 17th, 2016. 5:30pm – 8pm.

Where: East Common Room, Hart House, University of Toronto




Charge d’Affaires at the EU Delegation to Canada – Stefano Fantaroni

Stefano Fantaroni is the First Counsellor and Political Officer at the Delegation of the European Union to Canada. Prior to this position, he worked in different positions at the European External Action Service and the European Commission, notably in departments dealing with negotiations for accession to the European Union. He has also worked at the European Commission Antitrust Directorate General. Mr Fantaroni holds a degree in Economics at the Libera Universita’ degli Studi Sociali of Rome.


Executive Director of MSF Canada – Stephen Cornish

Stephen Cornish is the executive director of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Canada. During more than ten years of field experience, Cornish managed several major MSF humanitarian interventions in contexts such as Chechnya, Sierra Leone, Georgia and Peru. He also worked with the Canadian Red Cross as manager of programs for countries in armed conflict, and for CARE Canada as a policy and advocacy advisor. Currently, he is director of the board for Youth Challenge International, is an honorary director of Canadian Physicians for the Environment and is a member of the steering committee for Pathways to Peace, an international peace-building initiative in Afghanistan. Cornish holds a master’s degree in global risk and crisis management from the Université Panthéon Sorbonne in Paris, and a post-graduate diploma in conflict resolution from the University of Bradford. He speaks English, French, Spanish and Russian.


University of Guelph – Edward Koning

Edward Koning obtained his PhD from Queen’s University in 2013 and is currently assistant professor of political science at the University of Guelph. His main research interest is the politics of immigration in Western Europe and North America, in particular political controversies over the incorporation of migrants in systems of redistribution. He has recent publications in Journal of Public Policy, Canadian Public Policy, Comparative Political Studies, and Ethnic and Racial Studies.



University of Toronto – Peter J. Loewen

Peter Loewen is the Director of the School of Public Policy and Governance and an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto. He has three broad research interests. First, why do citizens prefer some policies and political parties and not others? Second, how do politicians make decisions? Third, he is interested in the methods of experimentation and applied statistics. Peter’s work has been published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Transactions of the Royal Society B, American Journal of Political Science, Political Communication, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, among others. He regularly consults with governments and private organizations on opinion formation and communication. Peter received his PhD from the Université de Montréal, and completed postdoctoral fellowships at the University of British Columbia and University of California San Diego.


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