THE HAGUE – The refugee and migrant crisis consuming Europe is the largest crisis since the Second World War. Solutions vary but one thing is certain, the crisis is not limited to Europe only. The Association of South East Nations (ASEAN), a political and economic organization of 10 Southeast Asian countries is seeking answers to address its own challenges to migration, human trafficking and refugee integration.
On 18 April 2016, The Hague Institute welcomed Bui Phuong Anh, a representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam, to research and evaluate the EU response to the refugee crisis. Ms. Anh’s research will lead to a final report with lessons to be completed at the end of May 2016.
Ms. Anh joins the research team of the Institute as part of the EU Fellowship Programme, a 6-week fellowship under the EU-Vietnam Strategic Dialogue Facility. The program connects officials from the government of Viet Nam within specific leading EU research institutions to encourage knowledge sharing and facilitate best practices in key areas of mutual interest. The Hague Institute for Global Justice is the only Dutch institution involved in the program.
“The EU is considered a successful model of regional integration for ASEAN. I want to know what ASEAN and Vietnam, as a Member State, can learn from the European refugee crisis?”
Ms. Anh received her bachelor in international relations from the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam and her Masters in International Law from the University of Bordeaux. Prior to joining the Institute, she served as a representative within the Europe Department of Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In this capacity, she facilitated Vietnam-EU relations and convened high-level visits encouraging dialogue on various political issues.
About the EU-Vietnam Strategic Dialogue
The EU-Vietnam Strategic Dialogue Facility’s goal is to make the relationship between Vietnam and the European Union (EU) even stronger and more dynamic. It aims to support Vietnam’s development through the implementation of activities in areas covered by the EU-Vietnam Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) which has created a broader, more diversified and more political partnership.
About The Hague Institute
The Hague Institute for Global Justice is an independent, nonpartisan organization established in 2011 by the city of The Hague and key Hague-based organizations and with support from the Dutch government to conduct interdisciplinary policy-relevant research, develop practitioner tools and convene experts, practitioners and policymakers to facilitate knowledge sharing to contribute to, and further strengthen, the global framework for preventing and resolving conflict and promoting international peace.