This year’s Europe Day at the University of Haifa was divided into two parts: The European market in the morning presented a large number of stands of European embassies, foundations and language schools which, in addition to presenting their specific cultural events, provided suggestions and tips on study and funding opportunities within Europe. Numerous pupils and students thus gained insights into individual EU member states. The FES Israel enjoyed being part of the market and presented it’s work to interested visitors.
Subsequently, the Haifa Center for German and European Studies at the University of Haifa invited to an International Academic Conference entitled “Migration in Europe: Past, Present, Future” in the afternoon. In the form of two panel discussions, Emanuele Giaufret, ambassador of the European delegation in Israel, Dr. Yasar Aydin, Protestant University for Social Work and Deaconry in Hamburg and other guest speakers gave lectures on selected topics. Are migration movements in and to Europe new? How, for example, are Turkish guest workers who have lived in European countries for decades perceived today? Is the “refugee crisis” the reason for the rise of right-wing populist parties in Europe? How is public opinion about asylum seekers and refugees being built up in Denmark?
The Europe Day concluded with poster presentations by master students and doctoral students.