Europe’s Migrants and Refugees: Integrating into European Societies

  • Konferenz

  • 14. Februar 2023, 9 – 12 Uhr

  • Presseclub Concordia, Erste Stiftung, fjum, Europe's Future – Ideas For Action (IWM)

What are the criteria for becoming an integrated migrant? Debates in Sweden, Italy, Austria, France, and Germany

Registration is mandatory for both in-person attendance and online participation.
Registration deadline: Monday, 13 February 2023, 17:00.  

IN PERSON attendance: register HERE
ZOOM participation: register HERE 

Migration is a prevalent political topic in most European countries, often mentioned in connection with demographic decline and labour shortages. While current political debates focus on controlling the borders, the seminar will explore: What does it take to become a successful migrant/refugee? What are the criteria? On the other hand, what are the major fears regarding migration: demographic, cultural, linguistic, religious, or security? Is there a common EU integration policy or each country follows its own path?

9:00-9:10: Welcome Greetings
Daniela Kraus, Presseclub Concordia, Ivan Vejvoda, Europe’s Futures-Ideas for Action (IWM) and Mirjana Tomić, Fjum/Presseclub Concordia.

9:10-9:30: Introductory remarks
Migration complexities: realities and perceptions.
Melita Šunjić, migration and communication expert, journalist, book author, university lecturer, Transcultural Campaigning, Vienna, Austria.

9:30-10:30: Panel discussion followed by Q&A
Migration is an important election issue. While debates focus on controlling the borders and expulsions, the question remains: What is a successful integration strategy? Which criteria should migrants fulfil? Between reality and perceptions.

Bernd Parusel, senior researcher, Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies (SIEPS) in Stockholm. Main research interests: policies on migration, asylum, integration, and borders in the European Union.

Sara Prestianni, expert in international migration policies, Euromed Right.

Rainer Bauböck, expert in democratic citizenship, European integration, migration, nationalism, and minority rights. Part-time professor at the European University Institute in Florence (Italy). Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

10:30-10:50: Coffee and Networking

10:50 -11:50: Panel Discussion followed by Q&A

France and Germany have different citizenship and integration models. Yet, both countries have serious challenges. Which are the criteria for a successful integration? Realities and perceptions.

Patrick Weil is a senior research fellow at the French National Research Center in the University of Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and Senior Research Scholar in Law at Yale Law School. Professor Weil’s work focuses on comparative immigration, citizenship, and church-state law and policy.

11:50-11:55: Closing remarks: Ivan Vejvoda

Concept and moderation:
Ivan Vejvoda and Mirjana Tomić

Target Groups
Austrian and international journalists, thinktank analysts, and academics.

Number of participants
Maximum: 70

Additional Information
Mirjana Tomic
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Cell: +43 676 365 26 93