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Causes and Consequences of Forced Migration



During 3 days, migration experts working for international organisations, non-governmental sector, research institutions and academia from Austria, Croatia, France, Germany, Kenya, Netherlands, Slovakia, Switzerland, Thailand, United States and United Kingdom will lecture about:

  • Migration myths and data based migration policy-making;
  • Migration governance and future scenarios of international migration;
  • Current migration development – perspective from countries of origin;
  • Vulnerabilities and human rights of migrants;
  • Environmentally induced migration;
  • Labour migration and the risks of modern slavery.

Participants will have a chance to explore impact of current actions for the future migration policy-making through interactive role-play board game developed by the by the EU Policy Lab of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre.

Among confirmed lecturers in alphabetical order are:

  • Argentina Szabados, Director, IOM Regional Office for South-Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Austria
  • Arjen Leerkes, Associate Professor of Sociology, Erasmus University Rotterdam & Full Professor of Migration, Securitzation and Social Cohesion, Maastricht Graduate School of Governance, Netherlands
  • David Brown, Nottingham University, United Kingdom
  • François Gemenne, environmental geopolitics and migration dynamics specialist, Paris School of International Affairs, France
  • Frank Laczko, Director, IOM’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC), Germany
  • Iris Goldner Lang, Jean Monnet Professor of European Union Law & UNESCO Chair on Free Movement of People, Migration and Inter-Cultural Dialogue, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, Croatia
  • Jeffrey Labovitz, Regional Director, IOM Regional Office for East and Horn of Africa, Kenya
  • Kanta Kumari Rigaud, Lead Environment Specialist & Regional Climate Change Coordinator for Africa, World Bank Group, U.S.A.
  • Kilian Kleinschmidt, Founder of Innovation and Planning Agency (IPA), Austria & former director of Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan
  • Lara White, Senior Specialist for Labour Mobility and Human Development, IOM Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Thailand
  • Liza Schuster, Co-Founder of Afghanistan Migrants Advice and Support Organization (AMASO), Afghanistan & Sociologist at City University London, United Kingdom
  • Nassim Majidi, Co-Founder and Co-Director, Samuel Hall, Kenya
  • Zuzana Vatráľová, Head of Office, International Organization for Migration (IOM) Office in the Slovak Republic


Apart from the day sessions, the programme will include also a public event where screening of the brand new documentary film about impacts of climate change will be followed by discussion with experts on related migration aspects.

Detailed information will be available in due course.

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