Skip to main Content

Day 2

Tuesday, 17 November 2020

Daily Recap: Day 2 Summary – 17 November 2020

Focus Session: Return - Remedy to EU migration gridlock?

This Focus Session covers the increased emphasis on return migration in the EU as proposed by the Pact on Migration. The speakers discuss the current challenges and corresponding needs of Member States in the field of return and reintegration and how the pact can address these challenges.
Speakers: Mr Michael Kegels, Director of Operations, Federal agency for the reception of asylum seekers, Belgium; Ms Louise Ersbøll, Head of Division, Return and Readmission, Ministry of Immigration and Integration, Denmark
Moderator: Mr Sergo Mananashvili, Senior Advisor, Migration Dialogues and Cooperation, ICMPD

Focus Session: Western Balkans - Cooperation for a new migration reality?

This Focus Session gives insight into the migration challenges Bosnia and Herzegovina is facing with a special focus on the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic on the situation in the region.
Speaker: Mr Marijan Baotić, Assistant Minister, Sector for Asylum, Ministry of Security, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Moderator: Mr Tamer Kilic, Regional Coordinator, Western Balkans and Turkey, ICMPD

Focus Session: Local is the new global - What cities can do for migrants that countries cannot

This Focus Session explores the role cities play as a nexus for migration and how cities are often better suited to address the needs of migrants than states. Our two speakers give an insider perspective on cities’ special role in migration governance.
Speakers: Mr Mounir Elloumi, Mayor of the Municipality of Sfax, Tunisia; Mr Emmanuel Carroz, Deputy Mayor of the Municipality of Grenoble, France
Moderator: Ms Ana Feder, Regional Portfolio Manager, Regional Coordination Office for the Mediterranean, ICMPD

High-level Political Session: Give and Take – The geo-political context for migration diplomacy

This High-level Political Session begins with a discussion of the priorities and challenges of the German EU Presidency, which comes to a close in December 2020. Representatives from the EU and key partners, the African Union and Turkey, then examine possibilities for improved partnerships and challenges hindering increased cooperation.
Speakers: Mr Yavuz Selim Kıran, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Turkey; H.E. Amira El Fadil, Commissioner for Social Affairs, African Union Commission; Mr Olivér Várhelyi, Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, European Commission; Mr Stephan Mayer, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of the Interior, Building and Community, Germany
Moderator: Mr Michael Spindelegger, Director General, ICMPD

Focus Session: Digital transformation in migration management - A real asset or just a trend?

This Focus Session on the growing influence of technology on migration management and covers how the 2015 migration policy crisis has accelerated the move towards digital migration management and whether the European migration management of the future will be analogue or digital.
Speakers: Ms Britta Behrendt, Head of Division, General Issues of Migration and Refugee Policy, EU Freedom of Movement, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community, Germany; Ms Lotje Van Der Made, Head, Pre-Return Assistance Sector, European Centre for Return, Frontex
Moderator: Ms Cecilia Lundstroem Carniel, Head of External and Member States Relations, ICMPD

Focus Session: Migration on the policy agenda - Who is talking with migrants in the Silk Routes?

This Focus Session will address the question of how much migrant voices are being heard in the policymaking process along the Silk Routes. Our experts discuss both the EU’s and a regional perspective from the Silk Routes to show how migrants there are being included.
Speakers: Mr Kashif Noor, Director General, Bureau of Emigration and Overseas Employment, Pakistan; Mr Francesco Luciani, Head of Unit, Migration and Employment, Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development, European Commission
Moderator: Ms Sedef Dearing, Head of the Budapest Process Secretariat and Regional Coordinator Silk Routes, ICMPD