Seminar: The Rise of Refugees and Migrants: Challenges for and Reactions from Europe and Southeast Asia



About the Seminar

Since mid-2015 the dramatic pictures of refugees on their way to Central Europe raised attention and emotions worldwide. Leaving their war-torn countries in the Middle East behind, several hundred thousand people started their arduous journeys to look for a better life for themselves and their families. The global media coverage has focused heavily on the refugees in Europe. However, the current refugee crisis is not only a challenge for Europe. The growing numbers of refugees, migrants and asylum-seekers are a worldwide issue. The arrival of thousands of Rohingya and Bangladeshi people on the shores of several Southeast Asian countries in May 2015 and the following human ping-pong between the ASEAN member states made clear that this region will also have to deal with this issue in a larger scale in the near future.

In his presentation Dr Patrick Ziegenhain will explain how the European Union and its member states reacted to the refugee challenge in the last year and why they have been incapable of managing the crisis in a proper and common way. He will also discuss why Germany opened its borders for refugees and what kind of consequences this policy will have on the national and European level. In a next step, he will then focus on current and future migration problems in Southeast Asia and analyze what lessons the ASEAN member states can learn from the current refugee crisis in Europe.

About the Speaker

Dr Patrick Ziegenhain from Germany is since May 2015 Visiting Professor at the Asia-Europe Institute of University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur/Malaysia. Previously, he had been a Visiting Professor at the Department of Business Administration at Atma Jaya University in Jakarta/ Indonesia, an Interim Professor at the Department of Southeast Asian Studies at Goethe-University Frankfurt/ Germany (2015), a Visiting Professor at De la Salle University Manila/ Philippines in 2014 and Assistant Professor (Akademischer Rat) at the Department of Political Science, University of Trier/ Germany (2007-2014). Since 2005, Patrick Ziegenhain holds a PhD in Political Science from Albert-Ludwigs-University in Freiburg/ Germany. Beside numerous academic articles, he is the author of the books “Institutional Engineering and Political Accountability in Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines” (2015), “The Indonesian Parliament and Democratization” (2008) and co-author of the book “Parliaments and Political Change in Asia” (2005). These three books were all published by ISEAS, Singapore. More information about Dr Patrick Ziegenhain can be found on his website at


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Nov 07 2016


10:30 am - 12:00 pm


ISEAS Seminar Room 2