February 28, 2017

Renate Hahlen

Today, 65 million people are forcibly displaced as refugees, asylum seekers or internally displaced persons worldwide. This figure, the highest number since the end of World War II, results from an increasing number of complex, large and protracted crises worldwide. In addition, many more people are on the move to escape poverty and seek a better life elsewhere.  The largest movements of migrants take place within and between developing countries, and most of the forcibly displaced end up in camps in developing countries. Such movements of the displaced, traditionally, have garnered little international attention.

However, that perception rapidly changed in 2014 when desperate Syrian and other refugees and migrants began to move towards the European Union (EU) in large and unprecedented numbers, by land and sea, and in unsafe conditions. Europe, the destination of choice, a continent of permeable borders, desperately struggled to handle the unparalleled situation.

Renate HalenDr. Renate Hahlen is minister counselor for development of the European Union Delegation in Washington, DC. The EU has moved rapidly to put order into uncontrolled inflows of people. Innovating practices, regulations and instruments in record time, the EU is addressing the internal and external dimensions of its new, desperate people on the move.

Minister Counselor Hahlen’s presentation is funded in part by the European Union and the Colorado European Union Center of Excellence (CEUCE) at Denver University and the EU Mission to the US.  She will also speak at the University of New Mexico’s International Studies Institute on February 27 and will address the Albuquerque Committee on Foreign Relations (ACFR) dinner, February 28. SFWAF members may attend at AFCR member prices. For more information please contact ACFR program chair Bob McGuire or 505-281-1108.

This program will be in the Santa Fe Community College Board Room (room #223).


The SFWAF Lunch is from 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm.

Cost for this lunch event is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. 

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The Speakers

Renate Hahlen
Renate HahlenMinister Counsellor, European Union Delegation, Washington, DC
Renate Hahlen is a specialist in development finance and aide and development effectiveness. She is responsible for EU development and cooperation relations with the US administration, the World Bank Group, the International Monetary Fund and the Inter-American Development Bank. She joined the European Commission in 1996 and has extended experience in EU external action and development policy. In 2013-14, she managed the AID and Development Effectiveness and Financing at the Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development. Before, she steered relations and coordinated between the European Commission and EU member states as development assistance providers.

Dr Hahlen previously worked on EU cooperation with Algeria, Jordan, Vietnam and Laos and held posts in the German federal administration related to international and bilateral debt initiatives for developing countries and on EU related issues. She studied in Germany, Switzerland and Turkey, graduated in law and holds a PhD in international private and comparative law from Germany’s Freiburg University.


The Board of Directors Room(#223) at the Santa Fe Community College. February 28, 2017, from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm

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Where: The SFCC Board Room(#223) is in the West Wing of the Santa Fe Community College through the main entrance (on the left side of the building). It is located on the corridor to the left of the cafeteria. The college is located at 6401 Richards Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87508.

Directions: From Rodeo Road turn south onto Richards Avenue. Turn into the campus main drive. Parking lots are in front of the building. The entrance to the West Wing is on the left. Walk straight ahead almost to the cafeteria and take the corridor to the left. The Board Room(#223) is on the right side.

From I-25 take the Cerrillos Rd exit, then turn east onto Governor Miles Rd and then left onto Richards Avenue going south.