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Ms. Danielle DePaulis (EFSAS) speaking on Asylum and Terrorism during 39th Session UNHRC

14-09-2018, Geneva

Ms. Danielle DePaulis (Research Analyst EFSAS) speaking at a Seminar, 'Asylum and Terrorism', during 39th Session of UNHRC,  organized by Association for Defending Victims of Terrorism (ADVT).

Ms. Danielle DePaulis speaking at a Side-event: "Asylum and Terrorism"


Ms. Danielle DePaulis stressed that as thousands of migrants fled their homes in Syria, Iraq, Eritrea, and more recently, Myanmar, the borders of Europe have found themselves adapting, expanding, and overflowed in attempts to accommodate those in need of being resettled. She highlighted that the main reason for such a large migration of people is because of terrorism and that terrorism is deplorable in all its forms and its effects on local populations is devastating. Ms. DePaulis elaborated that the effects of terrorism are not just contained to where it is occurring and has an impact globally – as one can see from the challenges Europe is now facing in trying to cope with the amounts of new arrivals within its borders. One of the biggest fears within Europe in correlation with the Refugee Crisis was that of radicalization of the refugees and, in turn, terrorism.


Ms. DePaulis also said that the main goal is to help those who are actually refugees. These people do need to be kept separate though. We need to think twice on how we allocate our budgets and where we decide to continue or stop funding or our attention. The main challenge in the detection of flagged suspects stems from little to poor data in EU information-sharing data bases as well as operational and technological capacities on the front-line staff in border states to put information to use in real time. Schengen border policies and management are crucial in order to address the challenges faced from the intersection migrants and terrorists. 


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