IMPORTANT: Participation is only possible upon personal invitation and registration to the event.

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
  • Representative of the 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.

  • Jean-Claude Brou, President, ECOWAS Commission (to be confirmed)
  • Simon Mordue, Deputy Director General of DG HOME, European Commission
  • Paul Collier, University of Oxford
  • Representative of the African Union Commission

Moderation: to be confirmed

12:15 – 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 – 15:00
Focus 1: Migration Diplomacy and Migration Management

This panel 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.

  • Nicolás Berlanga Martínez, Advisor on Migration,
    European External Action Service
  • Henrik Ankerstjerne, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Danish Ministry for Immigration and Integration
  • Monika Laurinaviciute, Coordinator of the International Cooperation Unit, Frontex
  • Mohammed Manu, Foreign Affairs Officer, Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Camille Le Coz, Policy Analyst, Migration Policy Institute

Moderation: Belachew Gebrewold, Management Center Innsbruck

15:00 – 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 – 17:00
Focus 2: Return and Sustainable Reintegration

This panel 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
  • Siga Fatima Jagne, Commissioner for Social Affairs and Gender, Economic Community of West African States Commission (to be confirmed)
  • Nassim Majidi, Co-Founder and Co-Director, Think Tank Samuel Hall

Moderation: to be confirmed

Friday, 5 October 2018

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

This panel 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
  • Mulualem Getachew Adgeh, Legal Advisor, Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Sophie Magennis, Head of the Policy and Legal Support Unit, UNHCR Regional Representation for EU Affairs
  • Andreas Papp, International Director for Emergency Response, SOS Children’s Village International
  • Giulia Falzoi, Head of Migration Management, Coordination Office for the Mediterranean of the International Organization for Migration
  • Representative of the Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (to be confirmed)

Moderation: Karim El-Gawhary, Austrian Broadcasting Corporation

10:00 – 10:30 Coffee Break
12:30 – 13:00

Closing Remarks

  • Peter Webinger, Head of the Directorate for Asylum, Migration, Citizenship, Civil Status, and Human Rights, Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Snack