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Immigration Events, 5/2/16

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1. 5/2, Ottawa - Debate on the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Canada
2. 5/3, DC - Lecture on immigrants and legal exclusion - [New Listing]
3. 5/9-14, Toronto - Summer course on refugees and forced migration
4. 5/24-25, DC - U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce annual conference - [New Listing]
5. 5/10-12, London - Secure Document World 2016
6. 5/17-20, DC - Certificate program course on global trends in international migration
7. 5/23-24, Emek Hefer, Israel
8. 6/15, DC - Annual conference on building a competitive U.S.-Mexico border
9. 6/16-17, Brussels - Annual conference on European migration law - [New Listing]

Debate: Mass Resettlement to Canada is the Best Thing for the Country and the Best Thing for Syrian Refugees

7:00 p.m., Monday, May 2, 2016
The Canadian War Museum
1 Vimy Place
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0M8


Elizabeth May (Yea) and David Frum (Nay)

Description: Is mass resettlement to Canada the best thing for the country, and the best thing for Syrian refugees?

Elizabeth May and David Frum will debate that question on May 2 at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. This is another entry into the Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s Great Canadian Debates series.

The hearts of Canadians have been captured by the plight of those fleeing civil war in Syria. Many would argue that it is our humanitarian obligation to throw open our doors, and that past experience has shown such openness can strengthen this country.

Others caution that there are security, cultural and economic concerns for us, and we can do more to help refugees in their own region.

May, the leader of the federal Green Party, will argue in favour of the resolution: "Mass resettlement to Canada is the best thing for the country, and the best thing for Syrian refugees". Frum, a former presidential speechwriter and columnist-at-large in the United States, will argue against.

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The War on Crime and the War on Immigrants: New Forms of Legal Exclusion and Discrimination in the U.S.

5:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 3, 2016
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Keck Center, Room 100
500 5th St., NW
Washington, DC 20001

Mary Waters
M.E. Zukerman Professor of Sociology, Harvard University

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Summer Course on Refugees and Forced Migration

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday, May 9-13, 2016
Centre for Refugee Studies, Kaneff Tower, York University
4700 Keele Street, Toronto
Ontario, Canada M3J 1P3

2016 Summer Course topics include:

* Forced displacement: International case studies

* UNHCR, the Convention and the International Refugee Regime

* Refugee resettlement: policy & practice

* Age, gender and diversity mainstreaming in forced migration

* Sexual minority refugee determination

* Legal approaches to refugee studies

* Borders and the externalization of asylum

* Child migration

* Health and refugees

* The future of forced migration

Participation Requirements: The Summer Course is designed for academic and field-based practitioners already working on/studying forced migration/refugee issues. Participants typically include government officials, non-government organization personnel, university faculty, and graduate students. If the applicant’s background is strictly academic, a first degree is required (undergraduate students may apply to the course if they are completing their degree prior to the course start date). Applicants must have good to excellent English speaking, and reading skills. No translation services are available.

[Program has not yet been posted]

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United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce Annual Conference
Tuesday-Wednesday, May 24-25, 2016
Washington, DC

Conference topics:

* Cybersecurity and IT Innovation

* Migration and Border Facilitation

* Supply Chain, Logistics, Transportation & Infrastructure

* Capital Markets & Emerging Economies

Conference program to be posted soon.

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Secure Document World 2016

Tuesday-Thursday, May 10-12, 2016
QE II Centre, London, U.K.

Conference program:

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

10:00 a.m.

Mark Lockie, Managing Director, Science Media Partners, Editor – Security Document World, UK

10:05 a.m.
KEYNOTE SPEECHProject in Focus: Grand Designs - UK

Mark Thomson, Director General of Her Majesty’s Passport Office, UK, will present a speech on the new UK passport including an overview of key technological advances and design features, as well as an insight into the project itself.

10:30 a.m.
KEYNOTE SPEECHProject in Focus: Grand Designs - Israel

Israeli Population Authority Consultant, Yoram Oren, will be presenting the design of the new Israeli passport, which is part of a deeply-revised identity management concept

11:30 a.m.

This thought-provoking session returns, but this year will include board-level executives from not only the leading industry suppliers, but also senior government and organisation leaders who will give their thoughts on the state of the industry and the key issues they face each day.

Led by Matthew Finn, Managing Director, AUGMENTIQ, UK

1:30 p.m.
ePassports: to the future and beyond

Fighting the fakes – identity document fraud in focus

3:30 p.m.
Ever “Smarter” borders

Bulletproof document design

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

8:50 a.m.
The SDW Fishbowl – Mass migration and the identity conundrum

An expert panel and high levels of audience participation ensure this extremely topical subject is covered from all angles, providing answers on where the secure ID industry can make a difference.

10:30 a.m.
National eID schemes: opportunities and challenges

Security features fit for the future

1:50 p.m.
Elevating enrolment and personalisation to new heights

Knowledge exchange for document examiners and designers.

3:50 p.m.
Digital identity solutions for real world problems

Lightning talks: 20/20 Identity
A set of short, sharp and to the point presentations looking at the future of identity technology.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

9:10 a.m.
Mobile and virtual ID – navigating the new identity landscape

11:10 a.m.
Passports and Readers – Interoperability in question
- Incorporating SDW InterOp 2016 results

1:50 p.m.
The weakest link: Secure document lifecycle vulnerabilities in focus

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Certificate in International Migration Studies

XCPD-700 - Global Trends in International Migration

Course Description: Worldwide international migration is a large and growing phenomenon, with more than 230 million people now living outside of their home countries for extended periods. Understanding the complex dynamics behind international migration is essential to improved policies and programs to address the multiple causes and consequences of these movements of people. This course provides an overview of international migration numbers and trends, causes of population movements, the impact of international migration on source and receiving countries, and policy responses to population movements.

The course provides an introduction to the major theories underpinning the study of international migration, including the new economics of labor migration, dual labor market theory, world systems theory, cumulative causation, and migration networks theory. The course focuses attention on domestic and international legal regimes regarding migration, examining laws, major legal cases and regulatory frameworks. It also examines issues pertaining to the integration of immigrants in destination countries. The connections between migration and such other issues as security, development and environmental change are discussed.

Course Objectives:

At the completion of the course, a successful student will be able to:

* Assess the positive and negative impacts of international migration on source, transit, and destination countries;

* Describe the international legal frameworks that set out the rights of migrants and the responsibilities of states;

* Discuss and articulate the strengths and weaknesses of the principal policy frameworks governing the admission of migrants, control of irregular migration, and protection of refugees and other forced migrants;

* Explain the importance of gender in understanding the causes and consequences of international migration; and

* Describe models for integration of immigrants in destination countries and articulate the strengths and weaknesses of these approaches.

Tuesday-Friday, May 17-20, 2016, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
640 Massachusetts Ave. NW

Instructors: Susan Martin, Elzbieta Gozdziak, Becky Hoven, Lindsay Lowell

Tuition: $995.00, 16 Sessions, 32 Contact hours


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The Changing Face of Migration: Future Challenges for Societies

The 4th Ruppin International Conference on Immigration and Social Integration

Monday-Tuesday, May 23-24, 2016
Ruppin Academic Center
Emek Hefer Regional Council area, Israel

Preliminary program:

Monday, May 23, 2016

9:30-10:10 a.m.
Plenary Speech
Johanna Mikl-Leitner, Minister of the Interior of Austria


Plenary Panel: The current refugee crisis in Europe

Arad Nir, Head of Foreign News Desk, International Commentator, Channel 2 News

Carl Magnus Nesser, Ambassador of Sweden to Israel, IOM representative

Walpurga Englbrecht, UNHCR representative in Israel

Howard Duncan, Executive Head of Metropolis International and the Editor of 'International Migration'

12:00-1:30 p.m.
Public Opinion and Social Exclusion

Policing Roma Integration between Diversity Recognition and Deconstruction of the mainstream
Tina Magazzini, Spain

Still not welcomed: Educational exclusion of Roma children in the Czech Republic
Denisa Sedláckov, Czech Republic

Strangers in their Homeland – The Roma in Europe and the Double Standard of Inclusion – Exclusion
Katalin Katz, Israel

Inclusion and Exclusion and Asylum Seekers’ Rights to Primary Education
Mirjam Streng, Israel

Parallel sessions:

Migration Patterns and Movements

Changes in Mexican-U.S. Migration Patterns During the NAFTA Era
Mónica Varea, Mexico

Reasons for Immigration, Life Patterns and Perceptions of Israeli Immigrants in Berlin
Shuki Stauber, Israel

“I Chose a Place, which unless you don’t have Ideological Attachment to it, I think, it’s not Worth Choosing” – the Present Day Hungarian Aliyah
Ráchel Surányi, Hungary

Sanctuary City: Applications beyond North America and the UK
Harald Bauder, Canada

Migration, Democracy and Activism

Legal and Symbolic Membership Naturalization Intentions of Turkish Residents in Germany
Nils Witte, Germany

Protesting Language Tests for Immigrants for Gaining Residence and/or Citizenship
Elana Shohamy, Israel

Multicultural Citizenship in a Democratic Country
Irit Keynan, Israel

Criminalizing and penalizing immigration: Immigrants as symbolic assailants
Jize Jiang and Edna Erez, USA

Health and Migration: Mental Health and Deviance

The Mental Health of Asylum Seekers & Victims of Human Trafficking in Israel: The Experience of Gesher Clinic
Laura Crompton, Israel

Patterns of drug abuse among FSU immigrant drug addicts in
Liat Yakhnich, Israel

Positive Psychology among Ethiopian Immigrants in Israel - a Pilot Study
Rafi Youngmann and Rachel Bachner-Melman, Israel

The Experience of Therapists Working With Battered Women from a Different Cultural Background
Dror Netzer, Israel

Migration and Labor Market

The Economic Impacts of Immigration in Developing Countries
Sarah Kups and Marcus Bohme, France

From Degree to Career — Chinese Graduate Students Studying in the US as a Process of Labor Migration
Zhao Liu, USA

Trends and Managing of Labor Migration in the Post-Soviet Space in the Context of the Economic Integration in Eurasian Economic Union
Sergei V. Ryazantsev, Russian Federation

Recent report from the Task Force on Measuring Labor Mobility of UNECE
Mark Feldman, Director, The Labor Statistics Sector, Israel Central Bureau of Statistics

2:30-4:00 p.m.
Migration and Education

"Orit" – Teaching Hebrew Literacy to Non-literate Adult Immigrants from Ethiopia in Israel
Michal Schleifer, Elite Olshtain, Pnina Golan-Cook, Keith Goldstein, Eli Ziv, Sara Rubinstein, and Bella Kotik-Friedgut, Israel

The Role of the “Educational Bridges” in Migrant Students Scholar Success
Tatiana Iñiguez Berrozpe, Diana Valero Errazu, and Carmen Elboj Saso, Spain

The other Journey: Biographical Narratives of Israelis of Ethiopian Origin, Former Activists in Underground Movements During the Civil War in Ethiopia, 1974-1991
David Ratner, Israel

Parallel sessions:

Labor Migrants

Safe passage: Social Protection Measures for Migrant Workers in the Middle East
Teresita Cruz-del Rosario, Singapore

What’s so Social about Remittances? A Discussion of Ceasing Remittances and the “Social” in Social Remittances
Robin A. Harper and Hani Zubida, USA, Israel

Remittances-based Expenditures: Decision-makers and Spending Priorities in the Kyrgyz Republic
Christopher Ostropolski, Canada

Strategy and Tactics: Engaging the Materiality of Zimbabwean Migrants Spatial Presence in Johannesburg
Khangelani Moyo, South Africa

Migration, Health and Social Work

Health Behavior and Utilization of Women's Health Services among Ethiopian Women Immigrants in the Negev
Nivi Dayan, Israel

Shall we Focus on the Herd or on the Cow? - Legal Aspects of Health and Vaccination in Times of Migration
Ingrid Jez, Austria

Community Health Worker Effectiveness among Asian-American Immigrants in NYC: What are the Causal Factors and their Implications?
Ephraim Shapiro, Laura Wyatt, Lindsey Riley, Jennifer Zanowiak, Nadia Islam, and Chau Trinh-Shevrin, Israel, USA

Obligations Towards Victims Trafficked Outside The State: Sinai Torture Victims
Maayan Niezna, Israel

Migration Democracy and Legislation

Immigration as a Major Challenge to European Liberal Democracies
Fatos Tarifa, Albania

“Old stock Canadian”: Social Exclusion of Immigrants in Political Discourse [OR] The Ready-Made Dialectics of Immigrant Inclusion
Raluca Bejan, Canada

A Supranational-Regional Case for Immigration Justice
David Sheindorf, Israel

Dual Citizenship and Societal Cohesion: Who is an Ideal Citizen?
Agnese Lace, The Netherlands

Attitudes toward Immigrants

The burden of history (?): Remembering the Holocaust and attitudes towards asylum seekers in Israel
Gal Ariely, Israel

Attitudes Toward Immigrants from the Former Soviet Union and Ethiopia in Israel: Testing the Connections between Personal Value Preferences, Immigrant Appraisal and Burnout
Sophie D Walsh and Eugene Tartakovsky, Israel

Testing a New Conceptual Model for Attitudes toward Immigrants: a Case of Social Workers’ Attitudes toward Asylum Seekers in Israel
Eugene Tartakovsky and Sophie D. Walsh, Israel

4:15-5:45 p.m.
Migration, Children and Youth

Children's Migration and the Shaping of Contemporary Zimbabwe
Noa Levy, Israel

Perceptions of Risk and Protection of Young Children from the Ethiopian Community in Israel
Yael Ponizovsky-Bergelson, Nira Wahle, Orly Erlichman, and Dorit Roer-Strier, Israel

Caring for Immigrant Families of Children with Sensory Disability: a Case Study in Milan
Nicoletta Pavesi, Italy

Excessive Obstacles to Family Reunification for Unaccompanied Refugee Minors in Sweden, Belgium, and the Netherlands: Case Studies within a Legal Framework
Anne Sapir, Israel

Sense of Belonging, Identity and Well-Being

Two Dimensions of Immigrants’ Integration: Life Satisfaction and Sense of Belonging among Post-1990 Immigrants in Israel
Rebeca Raijman, Moshe Semyonov, and Rona Geffen, Israel

Dimensions of life satisfaction: Immigrant and ethnic Minorities
Nonna Kushnirovich and Arie Sherman, Israel

The Consequences of Discrimination to the Self-Identification of Individuals with Immigration Background in Germany: a Turkish-Italian Comparison
Oshrat Hochman, Anna Stein Noah Lewin-Epstein, and Thomas Wohler, Germany, Israel

The Perception of Reception: Young Migrants’ Views on their Integration and Belonging
Shannon Damery, Belgium

Civic Society and the Third Sector

Re-building Institutions through Diaspora Engagement: The Impact of High-skilled Migrants on Domestic Change
Chiara Cancellario, Italy

The Contribution of Non-state Actors to the Social Integration of Immigrants in Israel
Dov H. Maimon, Israel

Trade union membership and employment integration of third country migrants. Structural influences of industrial relations traditions and of migrants integration policies across Europe
Francesco Marcaletti, Italy

Do Immigrants Trust Trade Unions? A Study of 16 European Countries
Anastasia Gorodzeisky and Andrew Richard, Israel, Spain

Migration Policy

Social and Immigration Policies Shaping Immigrant Communities: Filipinos in Israel and Canada
Deby Babis and Agnes Meinhard, Israel, Canada

No Time to Waste: Rethinking labour market policies as a strategy for the economic integration of migrant families in Ireland
Pablo Rojas Coppari, Ireland

States’ Obligations towards Climate Immigrants
Nimrod Kovner, UK

Immigrants, Medical Citizenship and the Impact of the Affordable Care Act in the United States
Richard E. Barrett, USA

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

9:30-11:00 a.m.
Plenary Panel: Next Generation, the integration of children and youth in Israel

Julia Mirsky

Sharon Porat, Program Manager Early Childhood Division, JDC-Ashalim and Sabi Mamgesha, JDC-Ashalim

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Migration policies and practices

Agism in Immigration Policies: A European Perspective
Pnina Dolberg, Ursula Trummer, and Sigurveig H. Sigurðardóttir, Israel

Regional Immigration Systems: A Comparative View
Andrei Korobkov, USA

Barriers towards accommodation and housing for refugees in Austria: A challenge to be met by learning from transdisciplinary experiments within urban labs?
Petra Wlasak, Austria

Bringing out the Dead, Bringing in the State
Tal Harris, Germany

Second and 1.5 Generation Immigrants

Another France: Inclusion of African-Descent Young People
Loretta E. Bass, USA

Celebrating Memory and Belonging: Young Russian Israelis Claim their Unique Place in Tel-Aviv’s Urban Space
Anna Prashizky and Larissa Remennick, Israel

False Narratives: How Some 1.5 Generation Undocumented Youth Maintain Sense of Belonging
Elizabeth Benedict Christensen, Denmark

Attitudes toward Immigrants

Race, Racism, and Trust: Responses of Ethiopian Jews in Israel to Stigmatization by the Police
Ofir Abu, Fany Yuval, and Guy Ben-Porat, Israel

From Protection of the Immigrant, to Protection from the Immigrant: Changes in the Attitudes of Social Democratic Parties towards Immigration, as Reflected in Election Manifestos – the Case of British Labour
Orni Livny, Israel

Ethnic Identity in the Shadow of Perceptions of Social Discrimination: The Case of Immigrants from Ethiopia in Israel
Pnina Golan-Cook, Keith Goldstein, and Elite Olshtain, Israel

Caught between Humanitarianism and Exclusionism? Attitudes of the Danish Public towards Asylum Seekers
Adi Hercowitz-Amir, Israel

Migration and Health

Comparative characteristics of some parameters of diabetes mellitus among immigrant patients and Israeli-born patients
Margarita Fraimovitch and J. Wainstein, Israel

Immigrant Health Patterns in the United States
Maskileyson Dina, Israel

Microbes the “Undercover” Immigrants
Bracha Rager, Israel

The Media – A Remedy or a Disease
Yair Amikam, Israel

Migrant youth

The Challenge of Return - The Transnational Remigration of Adolescents to Iraqi Kurdistan
Simon Moses Schleimer, Germany

Youths Volunteer in Migrant Communities: Concepts, Activities and Implications for the Future
Levi Doly, and Meishar Michal, Israel

Reducing Recidivism with the “Chances” Program: Immigrant Juvenile Delinquents in Israel
Arnon Edelstein, Israel

The Youth Center Model: Best Practice for Integrating Ethiopian-Israeli Teens into Israeli Society
Michal Avera Samuel, Israel

2:00-3:30 p.m.
Gender and Migration

The Impact of Motherhood on Immigration: A Comparative Study of Different Ethnic Group of Women in United States
Noa Achouche, Israel

Women Out-Migration and Their Social Life: A Case Study of Nepalese Women Working as Care Givers in Israel
Uddhab P. Pyakurel, Nepal

A Work Trap or a Safety Net?:The Employment of French Immigrant Women in French Speaking Companies in Israel
Karin Amit and Shirly Bar-Lev, Israel

En Route to the Middle Class: Russian Israeli Mothers Navigate their Children's Education
Sveta Roberman, Lauren Erdreich, and Deborah Golden, Israel

Asylum Seekers and Refugees

Will Barriers, Fences and Walls Actually thwart Desperate Illegal Migrants in the Future?
Lilach Lev Ari and Arnon Medzini, Israel

Borders and Bodies: Eritreans Narratives of Escape
Efrat Ben-Ze’ev and Nir Gazit, Israel

When Diversity is not Enough News Frames, Collective Memory and Refugee’ Protest in Israel
Noam Tirosh, Israel

Turkey and the Syrian Refugees: From Hospitality to Long Term Solutions
Gallia Lindenstrauss, Israel

Immigrant Integration

Linguistic and Economic Adjustment among Immigrants in Israel
Barry R. Chiswick, Uzi Rebhun, Nadia Beider; USA, Israel

Separate But Equal: Asian Immigrants in the U.S.
John R. Logan and Weiwei Zhang, USA

Where’s the Benchmark? The Challenge of Constructing an Immigrant Integration Index
Jack Jedwab, Canada

The Migration and Integration Process of Iranian (Persian) Immigrants in Hungary, Sweden and Israel from the Perspective of the Individual and the Community
Viola Vadasz, Hungary

Young and Students

Young People and Immigration Processes: Survey in Five European Countries
Rita Bichi, Italy

The Impact of Higher Education on the Lives of Young Turkish Women in Vienna
Dursun Sule, Austria

“In the school, it is a bit hard but I do my best to cope”… Immigrants Students’ Educational Challenges in a New Country
Orly Haim, Israel

Refugees and Higher Education; A Case Study on African Asylum Seekers in Israel
Emily Primack and Oriel Eisner, Israel

Different Aspects of Migration

2022 World Cup: A catalyst for change in the Gulf
James M. Dorsey, Germany

From "The Mother of the Painter" to "Persian Madonna": Visual Journeys of Immigrant Artists
Michal Tannenbaum, Israel

Tale of Two Cities: The Absorption of Bnei Menashe Immigrants in the Educational Systems of Two Israeli Towns S’derot and Kiryat Arba
Ram Thein Israeland Shishay, Asylum Seeker, Writer and Journalist, Eritrea, Israel

3:45–4:45 p.m.
Closing Panel: The Changing Face of Migration: Future Challenges for Societies
David Passig

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Third Annual Conference on Building a Competitive U.S.-Mexico Border

8:30 a.m.—4:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20004-3027

Overview: The Wilson Center's Mexico Institute and the Border Trade Alliance invite you to save the date for our third annual high-level "Building a Competitive U.S.-Mexico Border" conference, which will focus on improving border management in order to strengthen the competitiveness of both the United States and Mexico. Special attention will be given to transportation infrastructure, trade facilitation, human capital development, financial transactions, and the need for efforts that simultaneously support security and efficiency in border management.

Agenda and speakers to follow

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Annual Conference on European Migration Law 2016

Thursday-Friday, June 16-17, 2016
Rue de l’Aqueduc 11
Brussels, Belgium

Key topics

* Managing the migration and refugee crisis – the inner dimension: reform of the Dublin system, relocation and resettlement

* Managing the migration and refugee crisis – the outer dimension: the Border Package

* National implementation of the Return Directive: a comparative assessment

* Current issues regarding procedural safeguards: return decisions motivation, translation and linguistic assistance, right to an effective remedy and legal aid

* Protection of vulnerable persons and family reunification

* Asylum seekers and illegally staying migrants: risk of amalgam and indiscriminate use of ‘safe country’ concepts

* Update on readmission schemes: focus on the EU-Turkey agreement

* Recent case law of the CJEU and ECtHR

Confirmed speakers

Richard Ares Baumgartner, Head of External Relations (EU), Frontex, Warsaw

Ledi Bianku, Judge, European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg

Marco Borraccetti, Assistant Professor, University of Bologna; Legal Expert, Italian Delegation to the Global Forum on Migration and Development, Bologna

Matthieu Chavrier, Legal Adviser, Legal Service, Council of the European Union, Brussels

Lonneke Kapoen, Manager, International Affairs Directorate, Ministry of Security and Justice; Co-Chair, EMN Return Expert Group, The Hague

Sophie Magennis, Head of the Policy and Legal Support Unit, UNHCR Bureau for Europe, Brussels

Henrik Nielsen, Head of Unit, Asylum, DG HOME, European Commission, Brussels (to be confirmed)

Yves Pascouau, Founder,; Director of Migration and Mobility Policies, European Policy Centre, Brussels

Jorrit Rijpma, Associate Professor, Leiden Law School, Leiden

Dan Rotenberg, Team Leader, Irregular Migration and Return Policy, DG Home, Brussels (to be confirmed)

Flip Schüller, Partner, Prakken d’Oliveira, Amsterdam

Dana Spinant, Head of Unit, Irregular Migration and Return Policy, DG Home, European Commission, Brussels

Bostjan Zalar, High Court Judge, Administrative Court of the Republic of Slovenia; Vice-President, European Chapter of the International Association of Refugee Law Judges, Ljubljana

Conference program:

Thursday, June 16, 2016

9:00 a.m.
Welcome and introduction - Karine Caunes


9:15 a.m.
Keynote speech: Challenges and achievements of the Dutch Presidency Representative of the Netherlands Presidency of the Council of the European Union

10:00 a.m.
From Frontex to the new European Border and Coast Guard Agency: contribution to a better management of migration flows
Richard Ares Baumgartner and Jorrit Rijpma

11:40 a.m.
The reform of the Dublin system, relocation and resettlement: where do we stand?
Henrik Nielsen and Matthieu Chavrier


2:15 p.m.
Ensuring an efficient EU return policy: key challenges and concrete measures
Dana Spinant

* The Commission’s Action Plan on return

* The implementation of the Return Directive in the Member States and the Commission’s Return Handbook

3:15 p.m.
Detention of irregular migrants: a judicial perspective on current issues
Boštjan Zalar

* Preliminary results of the ELI project

* Detention of irregular migrants and asylum seekers: different rules – different practices?

4:35 p.m.
Procedural safeguards and the right to an effective remedy
Flip Schüller

5:30 p.m.
Return of asylum seekers: are safe country concepts safe concepts? Addressing the gaps between law and practice
Sophie Magennis

* Distinction between safe country of origin and safe third country and applicable regime

* Balance between burden-sharing and human rights protection

Friday, June 17, 2016

9:30 a.m.
Readmission schemes: focus on the EU-Turkey agreement
Dan Rotenberg

* EU readmission agreements: comparative assessment and key implementation issues

* The EU-Turkey agreement in practice: concrete challenges regarding return and resettlement and first results


11:00 a.m.
Recent case law of the European Court of Human Rights
Ledi Bianku

12:00 p.m.
Recent case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union
Marco Borraccetti

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