Ambassador Tomas Bocek has been the Council of Europe Secretary General’s Special Representative on Migration and Refugees for just over one year.
His time in office has seen concerns about migration into Europe soar to the top of the political agenda, both in member states and elsewhere, reigniting debates about integration, religion and the rise of populism in western democracies.
Ambassador Bocek could have been a mainstay of media reports and a fixture in panel discussions about how migration will affect Europe’s future.
Instead, he has kept to a low profile.
In this podcast, ahead of his fact-finding mission to Serbia and Hungary this week, Ambassador Bocek discusses Europe’s real migration numbers, the projections for this year, how states are responding to the newcomers and whether it is possible to take migration out of increasingly toxic political debates.