2-3/04/2016: WUN Migration Conference, Maastricht University

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Date(s) - 02/04/16 - 03/04/16
All Day

Faculty of Law, Bouillonstraat 1-3, Maastricht


In recent years, international migration has become a central element of the global policy agenda. The second WUN Migration Conference will contribute to this international discussion by taking a multidisciplinary approach. Particularly at the EU level, migration and asylum are currently at the forefront of the policy agenda. In 2015, more than one million migrants and refugees are estimated to have arrived by sea at Europe’s southern borders. Over 3,760 migrants have lost their lives on the dangerous journey, with another 244 deaths already recorded in January 2016. The scale and speed of change in the numbers arriving have uncovered policy weaknesses in migration and asylum management systems as well as in human rights protection mechanisms. A policy crisis has resulted from serious differences between the EU member states on how to respond. The WUN Migration Conference will have EU migration and asylum policy as the focus for the plenary session. Speakers will include policy-makers from the EU institutions, academics, and representations of international organisations, labour organisations, trade unions and NGOs. Attention will be given to the various funds offered by the EU to migration and asylum policies and studies influencing hereby the research agenda of academic institutions as well.

This focus on the the Mediterranean migration crisis and EU policies is one important, element of WUN’s global priorities for migration research, there are many more which demand a global approach. The UN Development Agenda for the coming decade includes Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS), for which migration research, analysis and data will be needed. Migration research is increasingly important, for immediate policy needs and to reframe the future approach, away for a Eurocentric approach to one framed from the perspectives of the Global South. The conference will address the need for a global research agenda, by exploring current and ongoing research themes, as well as identifying the potential for WUN to contribute to reframing the future research agenda. Migrants migrate for various reasons and face particular challenges in different contexts. These themes are the focal points for the breakout sessions of the WUN migration conference. Two of the sessions will focus on the different migration phenomena: one on hidden, irregular and forced migration; and one on labour mobility. Two of the sessions focus on the challenges and consequences of migration: one on health migration; and one on transnational families. On the final day of the conference, participants will discuss the outcomes of the breakout sessions in a concluding plenary session. The overall aim of this plenary session is to uncover potential linkages between policy and research on migration.

This event is part of the WUN Conference & AGM 2016.


Confirmed guest speakers include:

  • Gervais Appave, Special Policy Advisor to the Director General, International Organization for Migration (IOM)
  • Peter Bosch, Directorate-General Migration and Home Affairs, European Commission
  • Martijn Pluim, Director of the Eastern Dimension, International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD)


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Registration deadline: Thursday 24 March 2016 (5pm CET)