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Webinar: Migration and the European Union: Multi-Level Governance as a Solution  

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The planned webinar, organised by the European Committee of the Regions together with the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) and the Austrian Institute for Federalism, aims to highlight the current challenges in relation to migration and integration policies in the European Union, and propose a solution in the form of multi-level governance with the theoretical backing of authors of the publication 'Migration and the European union: Multi-Level-Governance as a Solution' .

​ The programme will be structured as follows:

Welcome and keynote speeches

12:00 Welcome and overall moderation Peter Bussjäger, Institute of Federalism

Othmar Karas , Vice-President of the European Parliament (via video message)

Mark Speich , Secretary of State for Federal, European and International Affairs of North Rhine-Westphalia, Chair of Commission for Citizenship, Governance, Institutional and External Affairs (CIVEX) of the European Committee of the Regions

12:15 Introduction to the debate

Peter Bussjäger , University of Innsbruck, Institute of Federalism

Anton Pelinka , Professor emeritus at the Central European University, Budapest/Vienna

​Isabelle Ioannides, Policy Analyst on EU external action, European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS)

12:30 Panel discussion 1

Migration policy: a question of borders – asylum, economic migration and internal market

Moderator:

Carmen Schmidle , Deputy Head of Unit, Press Unit, European Committee of the Regions

Michael Shotter , Director for Migration, Asylum & Visa, European Commission, DG HOME

Martin Hofmann, Researcher of the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD)

Tobias Molander, Head of National and International Migration Strategy, Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior​

Gudrun Biffl , Danube-University Krems, Austria

12:55 Panel discussion 2

Integration: a task for all levels – policies, examples, limits

Moderator:

Klemen Zumer , Head of Unit for Linking the Levels, European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS)

​Bert Kuby, Head of Unit, Commission for Citizenship, Governance, Institutional and External Affairs (CIVEX) of the European Committee of the Regions

Verena Wisthaler , Institute for Minority Rights at EURAC, Bozen/Bolzano, Italy

Christoph Reinprecht , Institute of Sociology, University of Vienna

Anita Orav , Expert on asylum policies and integration, European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS)

13:20 Summary and Conclusions

Christian Gsodam , Head of Cabinet of the Secretary General, European Committee of the Region


​ Practical Information

Date & time: 16 June 2021, 12:00 – 13:30 CEST

Click here to watch the webinar​.

Format: Microsoft Teams Webinar available to the public.​


​For further information see:

European Parliamentary Research Service Blog | Empowering through knowledge (epthinktank.eu)

Home | Think Tank | European Parliament (europa.eu)

Labour market integration of asylum-seekers and refugees, Anita Orav, EPRS

Institut für Föderalismus/ Institute for Federalism Webpage

Opinion the European Committee of the Regions on the New Pact on Migration and Asylum , rapporteur Antje Grotheer (DE/PES)(19.03.2021)

Declaration of the CoR Bureau on the situation of migrants in Moria (09.10.2020)

Integration of migrants in middle and small cities and in rural areas in Europe , a report commissioned by the European Committee of the Regions as part of its Cities and Regions for Integration of Migrants Initiative (22.04.2020)

Migration und Europäische Union: Multi-Level-Governance als Lösungsansatz (Migration and the European Union: Multi-Level-Governance as a Solution), Peter Bussjäger/Christian Gsodam (Hg), New Academic Press. A brief outline of the topic of the webinar as well as the executive summaries of the book (in German and English) can be viewed here:

Teaser.pdf

Migration_Zusammenfassung.pdf

Migration_Summary.pdf

Additional links shared by participants in the chat:

Peace and security in 2020: Evaluating the EU approach to tackling the Sahel conflicts - Think Tank (europa.eu)

How cities and regions are turning immigrants into citizens – whatever central governments may think - The Loop (ecpr.eu)

Regin Project ⋆ Regions for migrants and refugees integration

The new EPRS App is available now! | European Parliamentary Research Service Blog (epthinktank.eu)

Cities and Regions for Integration of Migrants (europa.eu)

International Migration and International Security: Why Prejudice Is a (routledge.com)



Contact:
Contact Person: CIVEX secretariat
Organizer: CIVEX Commission
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