On 15-17 June, the European Commission organized in Bangkok, Thailand, a three-day regional training workshop on “EU external cooperation in migration and asylum in Asia” facilitated by Iván Martín, Part-time Professor at the MPC. The workshop was addressed to EU officers in charge of migration issues and projects in EU Delegations throughout Asia. It was held in the framework of the ETEM V Project (External Thematic Expertise on migration to the European Commission), implemented by the Migration Policy Centre in the framework of a consortium led by the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Two of the participants in the training workshop came from the EU Delegation in India, which manages the CARIM-India project (Developing a knowledge base for policy-making on India-EU migration) carried out by a consortium led by the EUI. The next ETEM V regional workshop for West and North Africa will take place in Dakar, Senegal, in September.
Reflecting on… by Philippe Fargues
World Refugee Day comes this year as the number of Syrians registered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees passes the dreadful milestone of 4 million. To these, one must add the many millions of internally displaced persons trapped within the borders of that country. Now into its fifth year, the conflict, which has already triggered the largest wave of forced displacement since World War II, shows no signs of abating. Far from that, no one can even predict whether a state named Syria will exist if and when weapons finally fall silent. The whole region that was once
13 May 2015, the European Commission presents its blueprint for a European Agenda on Migration: this had been announced as one of the ten political priorities of President Juncker for his five-year mandate A New Start for Europe. On this occasion, the Migration Policy Centre has put together a set of four policy briefs dealing with the main priorities defined by the Commission. They concisely set out the state of play at the EU level and the main challenges in each of the areas. They explain the need for reform of the current legislative and policy framework and assess the need for an EU-wide approach on each of the issues. Finally, the MPC researchers propose a number of concrete ideas for action. These will serve as a kind of benchmark, against which the ambition of the European Agenda on Migration can be tested. The four policy briefs, written and internally published before any drafts of the Agenda were released, are also meant as a specialized contribution to the upcoming debate on these four issues.
Read “The EU needs a new narrative on migration. Will the European Agenda on Migration meet the challenge?” by Philippe Fargues, 14 May 2015
Alessandra Venturini, Deputy-Director of the Migration Policy Centre, talks to Maria Cristina Carratù of the Italian broadsheet newspaper ‘La Repubblica’ on Europe’s role in facing immigration issues and the importance of immigration for Europe. See the article reporting on the interview (in Italian): Venturini: “L'Europa invecchia e ha un bisogno vitale dell'immigrazione"
Migration is a critical issue for governments at all levels, and both sending and receiving societies. Participants of the 11th Migration Summer School will study, through a variety of disciplinary approaches, the challenges that migration poses for countries of origin and destination. In countries of origin, migration can bring development, through various forms of remittances, but it can also exacerbate already existing socio-economic inequalities. In countries of destination, host societies benefit from new sources of labour, but many find it difficult to ensure the full integration of immigrants and their descendants. In the European context in particular, a number of countries are currently struggling with how to modify citizenship laws that currently exclude European-born children of foreign parents.Read More
The 2015 Annual Conference of the Migration Policy Centre (MPC) will be opened with a welcome address by Enrico Rossi, President of the Tuscany Region, and with a keynote speechs by Gervais Appave, Special Policy Advisor to the Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). It will gather high level international academics, policy-makersRead More