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8th EMN Educational Seminar on Migration: Migration in a Multilateral World

This year, during three days we have focused mainly on:

  • Multilateralism and the United Nations
  • Labour migration and development nexus
  • Legal migration pathways and the concept of waitinghood
  • Slovak migration policies



Among lecturers in alphabetical order there were:

  • Emir Comor | Project Coordinator, Tripple Win, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Federico Soda | Chief of Mission, International Organization for Migration (IOM) Libya
  • Frank Laczko | Director, IOM's Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC), Germany
  • Georgette Gagnon | United Nations Assistant Secretary-General - Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya, United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL)
  • Gianluca Rocco | Chief of Mission, International Organization for Migration (IOM) Greece
  • Ingrid Brockova | State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic
  • Jan Orlovsky | Director of Migration Office, Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic
  • Kate Hooper | Policy Analyst, Migration Policy Institute (MPI), USA
  • Kari Anne Klovholt Drangsland | Human Geographer & Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Women’s and Gender Research (SKOK), University of Bergen, Norway
  • Lars Johan Lönnback | Chief of Mission, International Organization for Migration (IOM) Moldova
  • Margo Baars | Senior Programme Coordinator, International Organization for Migration (IOM) Afghanistan
  • Marina Brizar | UK Director, Talent Beyond Boundaries, United Kingdom
  • Martin Kahanec | Founder and Scientific Director, Central European Labour Studies Institute (CELSI), Slovakia & Professor and Head of the Department of Public Policy, Central European University, Austria
  • Mauro Martini | Programme Officer at Financing Facility for Remittances, The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Italy
  • Melissa Siegel | Head of Migration Studies and Head of the Migration and Development Research Section at the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance and UNU-MERIT, The Netherlands 
  • Michael Newson | Senior Labour Mobility and Human Development Specialist, IOM Regional Office for South-Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Austria 
  • Miroslava Vozaryova | Director of Legal Department, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic 
  • Raúl Delgado Wise | Professor of Developmental Studies, Autonomous University of Zacatecas, Mexico
  • Sonia Plaza | Senior Economist, The World Bank & Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD), USA
  • Stéphanie Winet | Head of Stakeholder Engagement, International Organisation of Employers (IOE), Switzerland
  • Tesseltje de Lange | Professor of European Migration Law & Director of the Centre for Migration Law, Radboud University, The Netherlands
  • Zuzana Vatralova | Head of Office, International Organization for Migration (IOM) Slovakia 


More than 100 participants included representatives of state and public administration, embassies, state implementing authorities, intergovernmental organizations, European agencies, non-governmental organisations, think-tanks, independent experts, academia and private sector representatives. Representatives of EMN National Contact Points from other EU Member States, Norway, Georgia and Moldova also participated in the seminar.

Public Events

On 24 August an online discussion How Slovakia helps migrants and refugees? took place. The discussion with experts on migration policies in Slovakia and about the assistance to vulnerable people around the world can be watched at the YouTube Channel of IOM Slovakia.

In the evening, a documentary Midnight Traveler, capturing an uncertain odyssey of Afghan director Hassan Fazili and his family during their multi-year journey to Europe, was screened in Kino Lumière in Bratislava.

On 25 August in Kino Lumière we introduced the Slovak premiere of the German film Gleis 11 (Track 11) telling stories of the first generation of guest workers in Germany. After the film a short (pre-recorded) interview with the director followed.

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