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7th EMN Educational Seminar on Migration:
 Impacts and Opportunities of International Migration

Hotel Park Inn, Rybné námestie 1, Bratislava, Slovakia, 20 - 22 August 2019

This year, we focused together on and discuss mainly politics and migration, how and why people decide to migrate, good governance as a way forward in migration, and migration in urbanizing world, with special focus on cities. Participants had a chance to learn from international experts with hands-on experience in migration issues and to be a part of an interactive workshop about migration journeys and the role of policies. Like in previous years, we brought the topics of the seminar also to the public in the form of the Good Postman documentary screening on 20 August and on 21 August the theatre play Home (Where is Yours?) after which discussion with the experts on how to talk about migration in an accurate and balanced way took place.

Since 2012, the EMN Educational Seminar on Migration has been a unique learning platform about migration organized 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 film screenings and/or discussion evenings with documentary screening.


For the public two free evening events were organised: The first one was screening of the documentary film The Good Postman about the election for mayor of an almost deserted Bulgarian village on the Turkish border. The second event was 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. 


Apart from the lectures by international experts, participants had a chance to be a part of an interactive workshop by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre where they could make decisions about their migration journeys amidst certain migration policies. During breaks and lunch time, they could put themselves into minds and shoes of several refugees with Escape Velocity 360° Virtual Reality Experience.


Among others, participants could listen to 15 renowned experts from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Senegal, Switzerland, The Netherlands, United Kingdom with hands-on experience in international migration. They lectured as independent experts or represented EU entities, intergovernmental organizations like IOM and UNHCR, several European universities and cities.



The EMN Educational Seminar on Migration was 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 2019 – 2020. This event was funded by the European Union and the Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic. 



The EMN provides up-to-date, objective, reliable and comparable information on migration and international protection to the EU and its Member States to support policymaking. The EMN activities are focused on third-country nationals.

The network is composed of National Contact Points for all EU Member States and Norway as well as the European Commission (DG Migration and Home Affairs). IOM acts as the EMN Coordinator 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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