Charles Clarke, Former Home Secretary of the United Kingdom, will visit the EF

The 27th Economic Forum in Krynica-Zdrój will be visited by a former Home Secretary at the cabinet of Tony Blair and a member of the British Labour Party Charles Clarke. He will be a speaker in the panel: Migration Crisis – Different Solution Models.

A member of the Broad Left faction, Clarke was President of the National Union of Students from 1975 to 1977. He was then elected as a local councillor in the London Borough of Hackney. Elected to the British House of Commons in the Labour landslide of 1997, Clarke served just over a year on the back benches, before joining the government as a junior education minister in July 1998. He moved to the Home Office in 1999, and joined the Cabinet as Minister without Portfolio and Party Chair after the 2001 general election. He returned to Education as Secretary of State on 24 October 2002, after the resignation of Estelle Morris. On 15 December 2004 Clarke was made Home Secretary, one of the senior positions in the Cabinet. He focused on strengthening penalties for crimes linked to terrorism and the project to introduce ID cards in Britain.

During his work and after leaving the parliament, Charles Clarke made migration issues one of his speciality. He frequently commented on EU migration policy in the media, on social networks and at think-tanks, or academic institutions. Many of his lectures and articles are available on his official website:

The debate featuring Charles Clarke will include the following programme:

The biggest migration wave in Europe is beyond us. Since 2015 the European countries have adopted a number of mechanisms aiming to increase the control of immigrants coming from outside the EU, i.e. the plan of strengthening the common European border guard. However, many believe that those solutions are not stable in the long term. Especially the agreement with Turkey is fragile, given the authoritarian changes happening in that country. How to efficiently control migration into the EU? How to manage social unrest linked to this phenomenon? Should Europe become a fortress, or remain open in face of the humanitarian crisis?