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9th EMN Educational Seminar on Migration: Protection of Migrants in Vulnerable Situations

In 2023, during three days we were focusing mainly on:

  • migrants on the move and their vulnerabilities
  • power of the passport
  • phenomenon of migrant caravans
  • modern slavery and the law




Among lecturers in alphabetical order were:

  • Baptiste Amieux | Regional Immigration and Border Governance Specialist, Policy and Programme Support Division, International Organization for Migration (IOM) Regional Office for the EEA, the EU and NATO, Belgium
  • Simona Carnino | freelance Journalist and Documentarist, Italy
  • Zsuzsanna Felkai Janssen | Anti-Trafficking Team Leader, EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator Office, Belgium
  • Valon Halimi | Chief of Mission, International Organization for Migration (IOM) Slovakia
  • Dardan Koçani | Field Coordinator for Kosovo, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime
  • Heather Komenda | Senior Regional Thematic Specialist for Protection, International Organization for Migration (IOM) Regional Office for South-Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Austria
  • Michele LeVoy | Director of the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM), Belgium
  • Nassim Majidi | Founder & Executive Director of Research, and Policy, Migration and Displacement Pillar Lead, Samuel Hall
  • Martha Mendoza | Investigative Journalist & Pulitzer prize-winner, Associated Press (AP), USA
  • Boldizsár Nagy | Associate Professor, Central European University, Austria
  • Samuel Okyere | Senior Lecturer in Sociology, SPAIS, University of Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Ján Orlovský | Director of Migration Office, Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic 
  • Abril Ríos | DPhil candidate in Migration Studies, Oxford Centre on Migration, Policy, and Society, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Katarina Schwarz | Assistant Professor in Antislavery Law and Policy & Associate Director of the Rights Lab, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • Melissa Siegel | Professor of Migration Studies at United Nations University-MERIT and Maastricht University, The Netherlands
  • Federico Soda | Director of the Department of Operations and Emergencies (DOE), IOM Headquarters, Switzerland


More than 110 participants and speakers from 23 countries, including representatives working in state and public administration, state implementing authorities, foreign embassies or consular representatives, intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, international humanitarian organisations, think-tanks, academia and independent experts were present. Representatives of the EMN National Contact Points from other EU Member States also participated in the seminar.

Public Events

Like in previous years, we brought the seminar topics also to the public. In the evenings, you could join us to watch documentaries The New Europeans about migration in the European Union after recent pandemic and with ongoing conflict in Ukraine, and Buoyancy about modern slavery in the fishing industry. More information can be found in the section Public Events

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