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 EMN Educational Seminar on Migration: Demystifying Migration and Harnessing Its Power

Bratislava, 17 - 19 June 2024

Migration is a reality which, if managed well, promotes the exchange of knowledge and contributes to economic growth. Being complex and multifaceted, it affects individuals, communities, and societies in various ways. It is influenced by a range of factors, including economic, social, political, environmental, and human rights.

To support working with facts about migration, in our jubilee 10th edition of the seminar, we will examine some of the common myths and misconceptions about migration and migrants, and how they shape public attitudes and narratives. We will explore the latest policies, data, and trends of migration in the world and the EU, as well as the interlinkages between migration, human rights, and state sovereignty. Since the seminar occurs in advance of the World Refugee Day, it will also reflect on the plight and dreams of people who had to flee their homes due to persecution, conflicts, and disasters. We will pay special attention to climate migration and its various layers and relations to food security, conflicts, irregular migration, and state governance.

The seminar is interactive and participatory, with opportunities for discussion, reflection, and exchange of views. In the evenings, we will host two free events for the public to further raise awareness of migration topics that are repeatedly part of the public discourse in Slovakia and other European countries.

The seminar is particularly relevant for policy makers, state administration representatives, civil society actors, researchers, teachers, media professionals and PhD students, who are active or interested in learning more about international migration and its implications for the EU and Slovakia, and in engaging in constructive dialogue and action on this matter. The participants will be awarded a certificate of participation. 

Have a look at a short video documenting the 2023 seminar


Online registration was open till 3 June 2024. Professionals from the state and public administration, non-profit sector, research institutions and academia based in Slovakia or abroad who deal with or are interested in the topics related to migration of third-country nationals were encouraged to register. The English and Slovak interpreting will be provided during the seminar.


Among others, you can look forward to lectures of these international experts with hands-on experience in international migration:

  • François Gemenne | specialist of environmental geopolitics and migration governance at the University of Liège, Belgium
  • Magnus Ovilius | Head of Sector and Senior Expert for Forecasting, Preparedness and Policy Monitoring at the European Commission
  • Janne Teller | bestselling Danish novelist & former conflict advisor for EU and UNO
  • Pascal Reyntjens | Chief of IOM Chad


Since 2012, the EMN Educational Seminar on Migration is a unique learning platform about migration organised in Slovakia which for three days fosters networking, experience sharing and discussions among (inter)national experts and participants from state institutions, non-profit sector and other entities. The seminar reaches out also to the public through free-of-charge discussion evenings with documentary screening.



The EMN Educational Seminar on Migration is organised by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Slovakia as the coordinator of the EMN National Contact Point for the Slovak Republic under its work programme for the years 2023 – 2025. This event is funded by the European Union and the Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic. 



The EMN is an EU network of migration and asylum experts who work together to provide objective, comparable, policy-relevant information and knowledge on emerging issues relating to asylum and migration in Europe.

The EMN consists of National Contact Points in the EMN Member (EU Member States except Denmark) and Observer Countries (NO, GE, MD, UA, ME, AM, RS), the European Commission and the EMN Service Provider (ICF). IOM acts as the Coordinator of EMN in Slovakia, other members are the Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic, Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family of the Slovak Republic and the Statistical Office of the Slovak Republic.

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