Annual Conference of the Migration Policy Centre: Follow-up

MPC - Annual Conference 2015

1-2 July 2015
Badia Fiesolana, European University Institute

On the 1st and 2nd July, the Migration Policy Centre (MPC) held its Annual Conference on Migration, part of the ongoing EUI forum on Migration, Citizenship and Demography. The first day opened with several welcome addresses from stakeholders actively involved in the field of migration, both at the political and academic level. Professor Philippe Fargues, Director of the Migration Policy Centre and Scientific Organiser of the Conference, firstly recalled the importance of tackling migration issues not only as a problem to solve, but also as a challenge to take-up on a global scale.

Mr. Enrico Rossi, President of the Tuscan Region, then emphasised the urgent need for Europe to adopt a ‘clear and active strategy’ in order to confront ‘the root problem of political instability in the Mediterranean Area’ and to undertake concrete actions aimed at ensuring the reception of people seeking protection from war and persecution. In this regard, Mr. Rossi referred to the experimental model adopted by the Tuscan Region for receiving refugees and migrants coming from North Africa and the Middle East, based on distribution within localities instead of concentration in large structures, as a valuable source of inspiration for European Union’s policy to manage increasing migration flows.

Prof. Brigid Laffan, Director of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, welcomed for her part the engagement of the MPC team in producing advanced policy-oriented research and addressing the main challenges of migration and mobility, especially during the current context of crisis hitting Europe, affected by a loss of trust among its Member States and a lack of confidence from its citizens.

This session ended with an inspired ‘Keynote’ speech delivered by Mr. Gervais Appave, Special Policy Advisor of the Director General of the International Organisation for Migration, who first emphasised the major change of perspective resulting from growing worldwide mobility and unprecedented emergency situations. Stressing the need to better manage migration at the global level, he called on all States to cooperate more closely and to replace current isolated policies by collective and comprehensive actions. More fundamentally, he invited all stakeholders dealing with migration to ‘step back’, rethink the very concept and to update traditional definitions, from humanitarian protection to management of diversity, through multiculturalism and individuals’ identity.

The rest of the Conference was divided in four specific sessions. The first one, chaired by Peter Bosch, Senior Expert at the DG Home of the European Commission, was dedicated to migration from conflict areas to Europe. While acknowledging the current instability in the Mediterranean region and in the European’s neighbourhood, the panel reiterated the need for a strong cooperation between the EU and third countries currently hosting a large majority of refugees fleeing the Syrian conflict. At the intra-EU level, political leaders are expected to better tackle smuggling by providing migrants with effective legal channels and to show greater solidarity and responsibility for migration management and refugees relocation, either by activating current legal instruments or implementing new schemes of distribution.

The second session of the Conference, which took place on the second day, mainly focused on transnational bonds and integration of migrants, from both countries of origin and destination. It was also the occasion for the MPC to present the quantitative results of its INTERACT research project, assessing the role of emigration and diasporas policies, States and non-state actors in the integration of migrants in European countries at three levels: labour markets, education and citizenship.

The third panel discussed the future perspectives of Europe and the key role of migration in addressing demographic, welfare and innovative challenges, while the fourth and last session opened new avenues for external dimensions of European migration policies, by further developing current mobility partnerships and establishing stronger regional dialogue, notably with Asia, the Middle East and the Arab countries.

Photo Gallery

[widgetkit id=7034]

Press

Profughi in Toscana, Rossi: “Il nostro modello di accoglienza è un esempio”,  an article mentioning Enrico Rossi participating in the conference of the Migration Policy Centre (MPC). Il Tirreno, 01 July 2015.

Migranti, Rossi ripropone il modello toscano sperimentato nel 2011, an article mentioning Enrico Rossi participating in the conference of the Migration Policy Centre (MPC).  Go News, 01 July 2015.

Migranti, Rossi ripropone il modello toscano sperimentato nel 2011, an article mentioning Enrico Rossi participating in the conference of the Migration Policy Centre (MPC).  AdnKronos, 01 July 2015.

Migranti, Rossi ripropone il modello toscano sperimentato nel 2011, an article mentioning Enrico Rossi participating in the conference of the Migration Policy Centre (MPC).  Città Metropolitana di Firenze, 01 July 2015.

Migranti, Rossi: “La Ue sia davvero Unione” , an article mentioning Enrico Rossi participating in the conference of the Migration Policy Centre (MPC). Città Metropolitana di Firenze, 01 July 2015.

Europa e migranti: Rossi ripropone modello toscano del 2011 an article mentioning Enrico Rossi participating in the conference of the Migration Policy Centre (MPC).  Lucca In Diretta, 01 July 2015.

Migranti, due giorni di incontri all’istituto europeo an article mentioning Enrico Rossi participating in the conference of the Migration Policy Centre (MPC). Redattore Sociale, 01 July 2015.

Migranti in Toscana: niente tendopoli, tante strutture per piccoli gruppi an article mentioning Enrico Rossi participating in the conference of the Migration Policy Centre (MPC). Nove da Firenze, 01 July 2015.