Conference venue: The House of Industry, Schwarzenbergplatz 4, 1031 Vienna

Thursday, 4 October 2018

08:00 – 09:00 Registration
09:00 – 09:30
Welcome and Opening
  • Herbert Kickl, Austrian Federal Minister of the Interior
  • Eugenio Ambrosi, Regional Director for European Economic Area, EU and NATO,
    International Organization for Migration
09:30 – 10:30
Key Note Speech
  • Paul Collier, University of Oxford
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:15
Opening Panel

Based on current facts and expected future trends, the panel will discuss migration policy developments on the European as well as global level.

  • H.E. Thomas Kwesi Quartey, Deputy Chairperson, African Union Commission
  • Simon Mordue, Deputy Director General of DG HOME, European Commission
  • Paul Collier, Blavatnik School of Government and University of Oxford
12:15 – 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 – 15:00
Focus 1: Migration Diplomacy and Migration Management

This forum will discuss diplomatic approaches in relation to the management of migration to Europe, especially international partnerships in the field of migration, readmission agreements, as well as visa policies. Furthermore, different aspects of the European border management will be discussed.

  • Berndt Körner, Deputy Executive Director, Frontex (to be confirmed)
  • Representative of the European External Action Service
  • Local representative from a focus country of the Partnership Framework on Migration
15:00 – 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 – 17:00
Focus 2: Return and Sustainable Reintegration

This forum will examine the topics of return and sustainable reintegration in return countries. Beside a presentation of existing strategies, the factors determining the success of a sustainable approach will be discussed.

  • Ioan-Dragos Tudorache, Head of Irregular Migration and Return Policy Unit, European Commission
  • Nicola Graviano, Deputy Senior Assistant Voluntary Return and Reintegration Specialist, International Organization for Migration
  • Nassim Majidi, Co-Founder and Co-Director, Think Tank Samuel Hall
  • Representative of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)

Friday, 5 October 2018

08:30 – 09:00 Registration
09:00 – 10:00
10:30 – 12:30
Focus 3: Local Protection and Support

This forum will critically review protection and support measures in the regions of origin of displaced persons and migrants, as well as in transit regions. As part of a more general introduction on EU measures and instruments, specific projects will be presented.

  • Alexander Betts, University of Oxford
  • Richard Young, Deputy EU Ambassador (to be confirmed)
  • Azanaw Tadesse, Director-General for International Organizations Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (to be confirmed)
  • Vincent Cochetel, Special Envoy for the Central Mediterranean Situation, UNHCR (to be confirmed)
  • Andreas Papp, Director of Emergency Response, SOS Children’s Village
  • Representative of the European Regional Development and Protection Programme
10:00 – 10:30 Coffee Break
12:30 – 13:00 Closing Remarks
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Snack