European Migration Network (EMN) Conference 2014: Irregular Migration and Return: Challenges and Practices, 12-13 June, 2014, Athens, Greece

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 ​European Migration Network (EMN) Conference 2014

Irregular Migration and Return: 

Challenges and Practices

12-13 June, 2014, Athens, Greece 

(“Gazarte”, 32-34 Boutadon Street, Gazi, near the Metro Station:​ “Keramikos”)


 

June 12, 2014
09.00-09.45 Registration and welcoming refreshments
 09.45-10.45 Welcoming of participants, setting the scene and introductory remarksTrends and challenges in irregular migration management, especially in southern Europe, latest perspectives and developments in policies and measure to ensure effective return policies, including cooperation on return practices, readmission, reintegration measures, role of re-entry bans, detention an and alternatives, and how these work together in practice. Chairperson: Dr. Angelos SYRIGOS, Secretary General of Population and Social Cohesion, Ministry of Interior, Hellenic RepublicKey Note Presenters:ê  Opening Speech / Presentation
Ioannis MICHELAKIS, Minister of Interior, Hellenic Republicê  Title of presentation (tbc)
Nikolaos DENDIAS, Minister of Public Order and Civil Protection, Hellenic Republic

ê  EU Return Policy.
Matthias RUETE, Director General, DG Home Affairs, EU Commission.

ê  Title of presentation (tbc)
AmbassadorLaura Thompson, Deputy Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM)(tbc)

10.45-11.15 Coffee break
11.15-13.00  Panel I. EU cooperation for effective return: challenges and practices in cooperation measuresChairperson: Patroklos GEORGIADIS, Secretary General of Ministry of Public Order and Citizen Protection, Hellenic RepublicMain questions: How do Member States cooperate to ensure effective returns? What has worked best in practice? What have been the main benefits to cooperation? How is voluntary return encouraged and supported? How / have entry-bans contributed to effective returns? What are the lessons for future policy making?Discussantsê  Voluntary return: lessons learned and good practices
Fabrice LEGGERI, Director, Ministry of Interior, France (tbc)ê  Cooperation amongst Member States: challenges and lessons learned
Klaus ROESLER, Director of Operations Division, Frontex

ê  Entry-bans in practice and their contribution to effective return
IE, LV and NL EMN NCPs tbc

Questions / discussions

13.00-14.30 Lunch
14.30-15.30 Panel II. EU cooperation for effective return: the external dimension – readmission and cooperation with countries of transit and originChairperson: Elizabeth Collett Director of MPI-Europe and Senior Advisor to MPI’s Transatlantic Council on MigrationMain questions: Which instruments do the EU’s external relations offer to ensure effective returns and the cooperation of third countries? What have been the main challenges with regard to the negotiation and implementation of EU readmission agreements? What has been the impact of initiatives developed in recent years within the framework of the EU Global Approach to Migration and Mobility to support the conclusion and implementation of EU readmission agreements as well as the need for cooperation from third countries more broadly on return, readmission and reintegration? How to strengthen bilateral or regional dialogues with countries of transit and origin to enhance their authorities’ capacity to manage migration flows and for addressing the challenges linked to return and readmission?Discussantsê  Cooperation with countries of transit and origin: Perspectives on challenges, impacts and lessons learnedDr. George KARIPSIADES, Legal Counsellor, Legal Service, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hellenic Republic

ê  Developments in EU readmission policy Perspectives on challenges, impacts and lessons learned

Pawel BUSIAKIEWICZ, DG Home Affairs, European Commission

 

15.30-16.00 Coffee break
16.00-17.00 Panel II. EU cooperation for effective return: the external dimension – readmission and cooperation with countries of transit and origin, continuedê  Case study: EU Readmission Agreements with Turkey and Pakistan Perspectives on challenges, impacts and lessons learnedStavros TSIEPAS, Minister Plenipotentiary, Director, C4 Directorate, Justice, Home Affairs – Schengen, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hellenic Republicê  Case Study: EU Readmission agreements with third countries
Senior representative, Home Office, United Kingdom (tbc)Questions / discussions
June 13, 2014
09.00-10:30 Panel III.Incentives for return and reintegrationChairperson: Dr. Péter Stauber, Head of Department, Ministry of Interior, Hungary.Main questions: How are reintegration measures determined? How do pre-departure reintegration measures work alongside reintegration measures in countries of origin, and how do these improve effectiveness? What levels of support are available and how are these decided? How sustainable are reintegration measure in reducing irregular migration?Discussantsê  Overview and perspectives on reintegration: good practices and lessons learned
Daniel ESDRAS, Head of Office, Office in Greece, International Organization for Migrationê  Findings from the EMN study “Good practices in the return and reintegration of irregular migrants: Member States’ entry bans policy and use of readmission agreements between Member States and third countries”.
Olivier BERGEAU, DG Home Affairs, European Commission

ê  Overview and perspectives on reintegration:
Anne DUSSART, Director, Caritas & ERSO Network

ê  Over view and perspectives on reintegration:
Lonneke KAPOEN, Co-Chair, EMN Return Expert Group,

Questions / discussions

10.30-11.00 Coffee break
11:00-12.30 Panel IV. Alternatives to detention: balancing risks and fundamental rightsChairperson: Diane SCHMITT, Head of Unit, DG Home Affairs, European CommissionMain questions:Why and to what extent is detention used as opposed to alternatives to detention? What are the costs / benefits of different models? How are risks assessed against reducing the negative impact on the fundamental rights of migrants (“win-win scenario”) made by applying alternatives to detention?Discussants: ê  Findings from the EMN study “Detention and Alternatives to Detention”
Magnus OVILIUS, DG Home Affairs, European Commission

ê  Fundamental Rights Agency perspective, respecting rights and meeting the needs of vulnerable groups
Ann-Charlotte NYGARD, Programme Manager, European Fundamental Rights Agency

ê  Alternatives to detention, an NGO perspective
Stefan KESSLAR, Senior Policy & Advocacy Officer, Jesuit Refugee Service

ê  Good practice case study
Ina VANDENBERGHE, EMN NCP, Belgium

ê  Good practice case study

Riikka ASA, EMN NCP, Finland

Questions / discussions

12.30-12.45 Closing remarks:Dr. Angelos SYRIGOS, Secretary General of Population and Social Cohesion, Ministry of Interior, Hellenic Republic
12.45-14.00 Lunch and departures