01/04/2016: Seminar on Migration Policies and Practices in the Americas- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Western Hemisphere Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

1 April 2016, 9:00 – 13:00

Max van der Stoel Zaal (01c71), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bezuidenhoutseweg 67, 2594 AC The Hague

You are cordially invited to attend a seminar on “Migration Policies and Practices in the Americas”, organised by the Western Hemisphere Department.

Countries in the Americas have a wealth of experience when it comes to migration. The aim of this seminar is to discuss migration policies in the Americas and to share practices and lessons learned.


08:30 – 09:00     Registration

09:00 – 09:05      Welcome by Joost Reintjes, Director Western Hemisphere Department, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

09:05 – 09:15      Opening remarks by Reina Buijs, Deputy Director General for International Cooperation, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

09:15 – 10:45      Trends in migration flows and policies in the Americas

Ø  Marcia Bebianno Simoes PhD, Migration Specialist, Organization for the American States (OAS)

Ø  Georges Lemaître, former Principal Administrator of the International Migration Division, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

10:45 – 11:00     Coffee break

11:00 – 12:15     Border protection and safe return (case study: US-Mexico border)

Ø  Patrick Ott, Customs and Border Protection Attaché, US Embassy in the Hague

Ø  Sandra Patricia Mendoza Durán, Director for Protection in the United States, Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Ø  Dr. Olivier Thomas Kramsch, Nijmegen Centre for Border Research

12:15 – 12:45     Labour migration  (case study: Canada)

Ø  Dr. Tanya Basok, Professor at University of Windsor, Canada

12:45 – 13:00     Concluding remarks by the moderator

ModeratorMelissa Siegel, Associate Professor, Head Migration Studies Training and Research at Maastricht Graduate School of Governance

Register (before 25 March) at DWH-RSVP@minbuza.nl