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Impacts and Opportunities of International Migration

This year, during three days we will focus together on and discuss mainly:

  • Politics and migration;
  • How and why people decide to migrate;
  • Good governance as a way forward in migration;
  • Migration in urbanizing world.

As a participant you will have a chance to learn from international experts with hands-on experience in migration issues and to be a part of an interactive workshop by European Commission's Joint Research Centre where you experience making decisions about your migration journey amidst certain migration policies.

During breaks and lunch time feel free to try Escape Velocity virtual 360° reality where you can put yourself into minds and shoes of several refugees. Andreas Fraunberger from Junge Römer production company will answer your questions during the first seminar day. Devices are kindly provided by the UNHCR Austria.



Among lecturers in alphabetical order are:

  • Blanca Tapia | Programme Manager at Communications and Events Unit, European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), Austria
  • Boldizsar Nagy | Associate Professor, Central European University, Austria
  • Giuseppe De Giorgi | Admiral (r) and former Chief of Staff of the Italian Navy, Italy
  • Janne Teller | award winning novelist & former conflict advisor for EU and UNO
  • Jill Helke | Director of International Cooperation and Partnerships Division, IOM Headquarters, Switzerland
  • Kathrine Jensen | Policy Analyst at EU Policy Lab of the Joint Research Centre, European Commission, Belgium
  • Lefteris Papagiannakis | Vice-Mayor for Migrants, Refugees and Municipal Decentralization, Municipality of Athens, Greece
  • Mathias Czaika | Professor in Migration and Integration and Head of Department for Migration and Globalization, Danube University Krems, Austria
  • Melissa Siegel | Professor of Migration Studies, Maastricht University, The Netherlands
  • Montserrat Feixas Vihé | Regional UNHCR Representative for Central Europe, Hungary
  • Nicolas Rollason | Partner and Head of Immigration Department at Kingsley Napley LLP, United Kingdom
  • Ola Henrikson | Director, IOM Regional Office for the European Economic Area, the European Union and NATO, Belgium
  • Peter Barnett | Head of Libraries, Advice, Health and Information Service, Coventry City Council, United Kingdom
  • Richard Danziger | Director of IOM Regional Office for West and Central Africa, Senegal
  • Vicki Squire | Professor of International Politics, The University of Warwick, United Kingdom

Public Events

Like in previous years, we will bring the topics of the seminar also to the public in the form of free evening events. The first one on 20 August at 8pm is a screening of the documentary film The Good Postman about the election for mayor of an almost deserted Bulgarian village on the Turkish border. See our Facebook event here.  

The second event on 21 August at 7pm is a play HOME (Where is Yours?) by Nová Scéna Theatre, followed by a discussion with experts on how to talk about migration in an accurate and balanced way. Follow our Facebook event for more information.

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