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British Home Secretary and German Federal Minister of the Interior launch policy seminar in Berlin convened by Aston University

Aston Centre for Europe

25 February 2014

Migration and its impact on the UK and Germany was the theme of an expert policy workshop organised by the Aston Centre for Europe (ACE) in Berlin on behalf of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The workshop was held in the British Embassy in Berlin on 20-21 February.

Marking the event, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière and the Home Secretary Theresa May also held their first bilateral consultations since last autumn’s German federal elections.

The workshop brought together 30 high-level policy experts from both countries to focus on migration and growth, recruitment of skilled migrants and the challenges of integration. 

In his address to 80 invited guests at a reception at the British Embassy to mark the workshop, Federal Minister de Maizière praised the role of the Aston Centre for Europe in initiating the discussions. 

Speaking at the event, de Maizière said:“I consider it to be very worthwhile to engage in a bilateral exchange on a topic that is very much on the mind of the people in our two countries…These talks are an expression of longstanding and excellent German-British cooperation, and I would like to thank Professor Green for his initiative and the British Embassy for their support.” 

These talks are an expression of longstanding and excellent German-British cooperation, and I would like to thank Professor Green for his initiative and the British Embassy for their support

Professor Simon Green, Co-director of the Aston Centre for Europe, who organised the event with ACE Research Associate, Dr Christin Hess on behalf of the FCO, said: “We were delighted to convene this meeting of British and German migration experts, and especially that two cabinet ministers took the opportunity to open it. Translating research agendas into practical policy discussions are very much at the heart of what the Aston Centre for Europe does.” 

ACE, based at Aston University, acts as a ‘hub’ for a range of Europe and European Union-related research projects and teaching activities at Aston University. Building on Aston’s long-standing reputation in the study of Europe, ACE has since 2009 become a major centre for research in European politics and society and ensured the real-world applicability of that research through practitioner engagement. 

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For further media information contact Alex Earnshaw, University Communications on 0121 204 4549 or a.earnshaw@aston.ac.uk 

Notes to editors: 

The German Federal Ministry of the Interior reported on the event here: http://www.bmi.bund.de/SharedDocs/Kurzmeldungen/DE/2014/02/may-de-maiziere-table-on-migration.html