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Rethinking Returns from the EU:
Sustainable Returns and Cooperation with Countries of Origin

Hotel Sheraton, Bratislava, Slovakia, 6 - 7 July 2016

The European Migration Network (EMN) conference sought to discuss current state of play, good practice and lessons learned in return and reintegration of migrants from outside the EEA for further use by the EU and its Member States. It put European return policy and measures into the broader context of present migration trends and realities as well as of situation in the countries of return in order to contribute to EU policy-making in this area.

As the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU follows up on the Netherlands’ endeavours and results achieved in the return agenda, the conference held in the wake of the Presidency aimed to bridge this process. The event thus targeted mainly policy-makers and practitioners from all sectors who deal with return and reintegration agenda.


The EMN Conference is a high-level event which is organised by the EMN National Contact Point in connection with its Member State's Presidency of the Council of the EU.

It serves to promote cooperation and networking by engaging with policy-makers and practitioners at EU and national levels.
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Topics to discuss were related, among others, to practical cooperation in achieving sustainable return and reintegration, cooperation between EU Member States and countries of return, and brought in perspectives from countries of origin.

English and Slovak interpreting was provided during the whole one-and-a-half-day event.
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Among 22 speakers were experts from the European Commission, EU agency Frontex, selected EU countries, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations operating in non-EU countries, as well as think tanks. The conference hosted European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, IOM Director General and the Slovak Minister of Interior as keynote panellists.
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The conference was organised within the framework of the European Migration Network (EMN) under the first Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU ( The event was hosted by IOM Bratislava as the coordinator of EMN activities in Slovakia in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic and the European Commission (DG Migration and Home Affairs).



The EMN provides up-to-date, objective, reliable and comparable information on migration and international protection to the EU and its Member States to support policymaking. The EMN acitvities are focused on third-country nationals.

The network is composed of National Contact Points for all EU Member States and Norway as well as the European Commission. Coordinator of the EMN National Contact Point for the Slovak Republic is the International Organization for Migration (IOM), other members are the Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic, Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family of the Slovak Republic and Statistical Office of the Slovak Republic.
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