On March 18, the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings hosted François Héran for the 14th annual Raymond Aron Lecture. In his remarks, Dr. Héran discussed the ongoing immigration debate in Europe through a sociological and demographic lens. He offered analysis on the development and politicization of this debate in an increasingly divided Europe, and present actionable recommendations for policymakers going forward. Following Dr. Héran’s address, Georgetown University Adjunct Professor Anne C. Richard, who served as assistant secretary of state for population, refugees, and migration during the Obama administration, responded to his remarks.
Dr. François Héran is the Migrations and Societies Chair at the Collège de France in Paris, and has published extensively on sociology, demography, and migration. He is the founder and director of the interdisciplinary Institut des Migrations, under the auspices of the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), and he previously served over 10 years as head of the French National Institute for Demographic Research (INED).
Brookings President John R. Allen provided welcome remarks. Brookings Visiting Fellow Célia Belin moderated the discussion. After the program, panelists answered questions from the audience.
The Raymond Aron lecture series, named after the renowned scholar of post-war France, annually features leading French and American personalities speaking on current issues affecting the trans-Atlantic relationship.
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The Biden administration has a pretty good idea of what it wants from Europe, which is to go along with their China policy. They are less clear about what they type of Europe they want. Ultimately, if Biden wants a Europe that competes with China he will have to change how the US thinks about the EU, strategic autonomy, burden sharing, and trade.