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As a first step to the re-development of the EMN website, a new entry for the EMN has recently been added to DG Home Affairs Europa website here, which includes also the EMN's annual Work Programmes.
The EMN Annual Conference 2012, held under the auspices of the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the EU, considered the policies, practices and measures currently in place in the Member States to attract international students and to prevent misuse of the “student route”. The event was linked to the EMN’s Study on the Immigration of International Students to the EU Member States presented at the Conference and intended to inform the development of a proposal amending and merging the Students (2004/114/EC) and Researchers (2005/71/EC). Some 130 participants attended the Conference, including European Commissioner Vassiliou (Education, Culture, Multiculturalism and Youth), the Cyprus Ministers of Interior and of Education and Culture, as well as other representatives from the European Commission, 27 EMN National Contact Points and international and regional organisations, e.g. the Fundamental Rights Agency, the European Students Union, the Mediterranean Universities Union (UNIMED), CEDEFOP, EUROCITIES, National and International Academics and researchers, and international students and their representatives.
The main objective of this seminar was to disseminate information and provoke debate on critical elements within the migration debate, including developments and policies in labour migration; irregular and forced migration; and migration and development. It was a well-attended event with participants from state, public and academic institutions, as well as NGO’s.
This conference attracted migration researchers from all Nordic countries and included six plenary sessions and over 100 workshops spread out over three days. It was a fruitful occasion for the FI EMN NCP to network with old and new contacts from the academic sector and to showcase the work of the EMN.
This national conference gave an overview of the situation in Austria regarding irregular work and labour exploitation of migrants. National experts addressed possibilities of co-operation on the identification of individuals affected by labour exploitation and the “Berlin Alliance against Trafficking for the Purpose of Labour Exploitation” was introduced as a model of good practice.
This one-day event organised by the IT and UK EMN NCPs in co-operation with Middlesex University aimed to capture, compare and contrast the latest evidence and policy perspectives on International Students in the UK and Italy, in order to inform ongoing policy development. Presentations focused on data and policies on student migration from two very different countries in terms of the history of student migration, their current patterns and attitudes in the context of the internationalisation of higher education. The event was attended by academics, researchers from private companies and public bodies, as well as universities advisors and support staff dealing with international students.
This semestral National Network Meeting consisted of a Workshop on immigration-related statistics led by experts from ISTAT, the National Institute of Statistics. The main goal was to analyse “Intra-EU Mobility” in view of the next EMN Focussed Study. This important aspect of migration, which has been attracting greater interest, was also discussed by the experts belonging to the National Network (scholars, public officers, NGOs and media representatives) through ad hoc presentations focusing on available statistical sources considered necessary to further investigate the mobility of third-country nationals in the EU.
This one day conference united both a national and international audience. The presentations addressed migration and development in the context of global, regional and national policies, challenges and solutions. In closing there was a presentation on future developments in this field and an in-depth discussion among conference participants.
The conference was attended by national stakeholders, as well as a number of EMN NCPs. The presentations given by national stakeholders and international experts covered migration of highly skilled migrants and the management thereof in Estonia, as well as in Austria, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The conference ended with a well-received panel discussion with national stakeholders on the need to have policies and strategies in place to attract highly-skilled migrants to Estonia.
The event united key stakeholders from Italy and from eight EU Member States to discuss the policies implemented by Italy and other Member States to attract international students. The Conference addressed a wide range of national policymakers and practitioners and included workshops to collect and exchange information to feed into the IT EMN NCP’s National Report for this EMN study.
The first edition of the European Migration Network's EMN Bulletin has been published. This report contains EU, National and Related Developments in migration policy published in the period January to May 2012, as well as an overview of key statistics, plus related EMN outputs and developments that have occurred in this period. It replaces the EMN Newsletters.
The final report of the external evaluation of the EMN was completed end 2011. An overall positive assessment was given with a number of areas identified where the EMN could improve further its support for policymaking, notably in terms of adapting its functioning and outputs to be better suited to the needs of policymakers; to increase further its flexibility, so that the EMN can develop further its capacity to respond to short-term information needs, as well as provide a longer-term perspective; and to have better coherence/co-operation with other entities. Indeed these elements have already been taken on board in the EMN's Work Programme for 2012 with a number of innovations from previous years, the aim being to better respond to information needs of policymakers. Following on from this evaluation, a Commission Report on the development of the EMN and its future, is currently being developed.
How is irregular migration investigated and detected in Member States? What are the geopolitical factors that affect irregular migration? And how are the dignity and fundamental rights of irregular migrants best respected? These were the main questions addressed by the EMN Annual Conference of 25 October 2011 organised in Warsaw by the PL EMN NCP. The subjects covered during the Conference also matched one of the priorities of the Polish Presidency of the EU Council in the area of migration, namely border protection and management; as well as being linked with the EMN's Study on Practical responses for reducing irregular migration.