Programme and Structure

The plenary sessions gather all the participants together while Workshops I and II as well as III and IV are held in parallel. Each workshop has two subsessions. This allows you to choose the topics that are of particular interest to you.

Background papers on the topics of the subsessions are being developed at the moment and they will be distributed to all participants before the conference. The papers will serve as the basis for discussion at the conference.

Conference language: English with simultaneous translation into Finnish at the Plenary Sessions.

Find more details on each session by clicking the session title.

Registration

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1-to-1 Meetings (optional)

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Welcome Session

Welcome Words
Jorma Vuorio, Director General Migration Department, Ministry of the Interior, Finland

Opening remarks
Maria Ohisalo, Minister of the Interior, Finland

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Opening Plenary

Chair
Paavo Lipponen, Former Prime Minister of Finland during the 1999 EU Presidency

Keynote Speakers
Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Antonio Vitorino, Director General, International Organization for Migration
Michael Spindelegger, Director General, International Center for Migration Policy Development

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Introductory Plenary Session I: Financial Framework

Chair
Hanne Beirens, Associate Director of the Migration Policy Institute Europe

Introductory Speaker
Iris Goldner-Lang, Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb

Panelists
Ari Valila, DG HOME.E1: Funds Programming and Procedures; MFF; agencies 
Willemijn Tiekstra, Willemijn Tiekstra, Policy Advisor, Ministry of Justice and Security of the Netherlands

Coffee Break

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1-to-1 Meetings (optional)

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Introductory Plenary Session II: European Union Agencies

Chair
Jean-Louis De Brouwer, Director of the European Affairs Program at the Egmont Institute

Introductory Speaker
Evangelia TsourdiAssistant Professor and Dutch Research Council grantee, Faculty of Law, Maastricht University

Panelists
Nina Gregori, Excecutive Director of the European Asylum Support Office
Berdnt Körner, Deputy Executive Director of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency
Despina Chatzimanoli, Senior Legal Expert at European Banking Authority

 

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Presentation of the UNDP report

Ahunna Eziakonwa, Assistant Administrator and Regional Director for Africa, United Nations Development Programme

Lunch

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1-to-1 Meetings (optional)

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Fair Treatment of Third-Country Nationals - Session I

Legal Migration

Chair
Jean-Christophe Dumont, Head of the International Migration Division, OECD

Introductory Speaker
Kees Groenendijk, Centre for Migration Law, Emeritus Professor, Radbound University

Panelists
Laura Corrado, Head of Unit, Legal migration, DG Migration and Home Affairs, European Commission
Ave Lauren, National Coordinator, European Migration Network Estonia

Mireille Paquet, Associate Professor, Political Science Concordia University

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Partnership with Third Countries - Session I

Migration and Development

Chair
Mohamed Yahya, Africa Regional Programme Coordinator for UNDP

Introductory Speaker
Vincent Chetail, Professor of International Law, Director of the Global Migration Centre, Graduate Institute Geneva

Panelists
Dessislava Choumelova, Head of Unit, Demography, Migration and Governance, Joint Research Council
Michele Amedeo, Head of the Centre of Thematic Expertise on Migration, DG NEAR, European Commission

Gibril Faal, Visiting Professor in Practice at the Institute of Global Affairs, London School of Economics
Kristiina Kumpula, RCRC EU Office Co-ordination Group Chair, General Secretary of Red Cross Finland

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1-to-1 Meetings (optional)

You have the possibiity to arrange 1-to-1 meetings with other attendees by using the Networking -funtion in the App

Coffee Break

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Fair Treatment of Third-Country Nationals - Session II

Integration and Values

Chair
Tapio Luoma, Archbishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Curch of Finland

Introductory Speaker
Ilke Adam, Research Professor at the Institute For European Studies of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Daniel Thym, Chair of Public, European and International Law, University of Konstanz

Panelists
Ali Sayed Razawi, Director General and Chief Imam of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society
Thomas Huddleston, Research Director, Migration Policy Group

Torsten Moritz, General Secretary at Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe
Kristina Stenman, Mayor of Pietarsaari, former Director, Migration Department, Ministry of Employment and the Economy for Finland

 

 

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Partnership with Third Countries - Session II

Global Approach and Partnership Framework

Chair
Ola Henrikson, Director of the Regional Office for the EU, Norway and Switzerland, IOM

Introductory Speaker

Elspeth Guild
, Jean Monnet Professor at
Queen Mary, University of London

Panelists
Giulio Di Blasi, Cabinet of the EU HR/VP with responsibilities on Asylum and Migration
Amina Bouayach, President, Moroccan National Human Rights Council
Inmaculada Vazquez, Representative to the EU and Nato of Médecins Sans Frontières
Achilles Skordas,
Professor of International Law, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

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Welcome Toast*

Welcome to the conference dinner. Dinner will be preceded with a welcome toast, starting at 18:30 at the Plaza Restaurant.

* Only for partcipants registered for the conference dinner

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Conference Dinner*

Conference dinner at the Plaza Restaurant starting at 19:00. Make sure you arrive in time for the welcome toast starting at 18:30.

* Only for participants registered for the conference dinner.

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1-to-1 Meetings (optional)

You have the possibiity to arrange 1-to-1 meetings with other attendees by using the Networking -funtion in the App
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Management of Migration Flows - Session I

Schengen and Borders

Chair
Mikko Puumalainen, Deputy Chancellor of Justice, Office of the Chancellor of Justice of Finland

Introductory Speaker
Marie de Somer, Head of Migration and Diversity Programme of the European Policy Center

Panelists
Oliver Seiffarth, Acting Head of Unit ‘Border management and Schengen’, DG Migration and Home Affairs, EC
Tanja Fajon, Member of the European Parliament, S&D
Hugo Brady, Advisor for Justice and Home Affairs, Cabinet of Donald Tusk

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Common European Asylum System - Session I

Asylum Policy

Chair
Boldizsár Nagy
, Associate Professor, Central European University

Introductory Speaker
Lyra Jakuleviciene
, Professor of International and EU Law, Mykolas Romeris University

Panelists
Catherine Woollard, Secretary General, European Council on Refugees and Exiles
Sophie Magennis, Head of Policy and Legal Support, UNCHR Representation for EU Affairs
Dennis Khakzad, Advisor, Unit ‘Asylum Law and Asylum Procedures’, German Federal Ministry of the Interior

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Management of Migration Flows - Session II

Return and Readmission

Chair
Dan Rotenberg, Deputy Head of Unit, DG Migration and Home Affairs Unit Irregular Migration and Return Policy

Introductory Speaker
Tamás Molnár, EU Agency for Fundamental Rights

Panelists
Elise Muir, Head of the Institute for European Law of Catholic University of Leuven
Jean-Pierre Cassarino, Senior Research Fellow at College of Europe, Natolin campus, Warsaw
Maria Gavouchidou, European Centre for Returns, European Border and Coast Guard Agency
Sergo Mananashvili, Senior Advisor at the International Centre for Migration Policy Development

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Common European Asylum System - Session II

Dublin and Solidarity

Chair
Eiko Thielemann, Associate Professor in Political Science and Public Policy, London School of Economics

Introductory Speaker
Francesco Maiani, Associate Professor of European Law at the University of Lausanne

Panelists
Henrik Nielsen, Head of Unit ‘Asylum’, DG Migration and Home Affairs, EC
Vladimír Šimoňák, Head of Unit ‘Home Affairs’, Permanent Representation of the Slovak Republic
Ralf Lesser, Deputy Head of Unit ‘Asylum Law and Asylum Procedures’, Federal Ministry of the Interior of Germany

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1-to-1 Meetings (optional)

You have the possibiity to arrange 1-to-1 meetings with other attendees by using the Networking -funtion in the App

Coffee Break

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Presentation of the Draft Reports

Chair
Marie de Somer, Head of Migration and Diversity Programme of the European Policy Center

Speakers
Daniel Thym, Chair of Public, European and International Law, University of Konstanz
Jens Vedsted-Hansen, Professor of EU Migration and Asylum Law, University of Aarhus
Jean-Yves Carlier, Professor of Migration and Asylum Law, Université Catholique de Louvain
Rebecca Stern, Associate Professor in International Law, University of Uppsala
Madalina Moraru, Postdoctoral Researcher, Masaryk University

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Final Plenary

Chair
Jean-Louis De Brouwer
,  Director of the European Affairs Program at the Egmont Institute

Speakers
Henrik Nielsen, speaking on behalf of the Director-General of DG Home, European Commission
Tanja Fajon, speaking on behalf of the Chair of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, EP

Mari Kiviniemi, Managing Director of the Finnish Commerce Federation, former Deputy Secretary-General of OECD and former Prime Minister of Finland
Demetrios Papademetriou, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Co-Founder and President Emeritus of the Migration Policy Institute

End of Conference and Lunch

Registration

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1-to-1 Meetings (optional)

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Welcome Session

Welcome Words
Jorma Vuorio, Director General Migration Department, Ministry of the Interior, Finland

Opening remarks
Maria Ohisalo, Minister of the Interior, Finland

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Opening Plenary

Chair
Paavo Lipponen, Former Prime Minister of Finland during the 1999 EU Presidency

Keynote Speakers
Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Antonio Vitorino, Director General, International Organization for Migration
Michael Spindelegger, Director General, International Center for Migration Policy Development

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Introductory Plenary Session I: Financial Framework

Chair
Hanne Beirens, Associate Director of the Migration Policy Institute Europe

Introductory Speaker
Iris Goldner-Lang, Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb

Panelists
Ari Valila, DG HOME.E1: Funds Programming and Procedures; MFF; agencies 
Willemijn Tiekstra, Willemijn Tiekstra, Policy Advisor, Ministry of Justice and Security of the Netherlands

Coffee Break

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1-to-1 Meetings (optional)

You have the possibiity to arrange 1-to-1 meetings with other attendees by using the Networking -funtion in the App
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Introductory Plenary Session II: European Union Agencies

Chair
Jean-Louis De Brouwer, Director of the European Affairs Program at the Egmont Institute

Introductory Speaker
Evangelia TsourdiAssistant Professor and Dutch Research Council grantee, Faculty of Law, Maastricht University

Panelists
Nina Gregori, Excecutive Director of the European Asylum Support Office
Berdnt Körner, Deputy Executive Director of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency
Despina Chatzimanoli, Senior Legal Expert at European Banking Authority

 

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Presentation of the UNDP report

Ahunna Eziakonwa, Assistant Administrator and Regional Director for Africa, United Nations Development Programme

Lunch

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1-to-1 Meetings (optional)

You have the possibiity to arrange 1-to-1 meetings with other attendees by using the Networking -funtion in the App
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Fair Treatment of Third-Country Nationals - Session I

Legal Migration

Chair
Jean-Christophe Dumont, Head of the International Migration Division, OECD

Introductory Speaker
Kees Groenendijk, Centre for Migration Law, Emeritus Professor, Radbound University

Panelists
Laura Corrado, Head of Unit, Legal migration, DG Migration and Home Affairs, European Commission
Ave Lauren, National Coordinator, European Migration Network Estonia

Mireille Paquet, Associate Professor, Political Science Concordia University

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Partnership with Third Countries - Session I

Migration and Development

Chair
Mohamed Yahya, Africa Regional Programme Coordinator for UNDP

Introductory Speaker
Vincent Chetail, Professor of International Law, Director of the Global Migration Centre, Graduate Institute Geneva

Panelists
Dessislava Choumelova, Head of Unit, Demography, Migration and Governance, Joint Research Council
Michele Amedeo, Head of the Centre of Thematic Expertise on Migration, DG NEAR, European Commission

Gibril Faal, Visiting Professor in Practice at the Institute of Global Affairs, London School of Economics
Kristiina Kumpula, RCRC EU Office Co-ordination Group Chair, General Secretary of Red Cross Finland

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1-to-1 Meetings (optional)

You have the possibiity to arrange 1-to-1 meetings with other attendees by using the Networking -funtion in the App

Coffee Break

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Fair Treatment of Third-Country Nationals - Session II

Integration and Values

Chair
Tapio Luoma, Archbishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Curch of Finland

Introductory Speaker
Ilke Adam, Research Professor at the Institute For European Studies of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Daniel Thym, Chair of Public, European and International Law, University of Konstanz

Panelists
Ali Sayed Razawi, Director General and Chief Imam of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society
Thomas Huddleston, Research Director, Migration Policy Group

Torsten Moritz, General Secretary at Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe
Kristina Stenman, Mayor of Pietarsaari, former Director, Migration Department, Ministry of Employment and the Economy for Finland

 

 

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Partnership with Third Countries - Session II

Global Approach and Partnership Framework

Chair
Ola Henrikson, Director of the Regional Office for the EU, Norway and Switzerland, IOM

Introductory Speaker

Elspeth Guild
, Jean Monnet Professor at
Queen Mary, University of London

Panelists
Giulio Di Blasi, Cabinet of the EU HR/VP with responsibilities on Asylum and Migration
Amina Bouayach, President, Moroccan National Human Rights Council
Inmaculada Vazquez, Representative to the EU and Nato of Médecins Sans Frontières
Achilles Skordas,
Professor of International Law, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

+

Welcome Toast*

Welcome to the conference dinner. Dinner will be preceded with a welcome toast, starting at 18:30 at the Plaza Restaurant.

* Only for partcipants registered for the conference dinner

+

Conference Dinner*

Conference dinner at the Plaza Restaurant starting at 19:00. Make sure you arrive in time for the welcome toast starting at 18:30.

* Only for participants registered for the conference dinner.

+

1-to-1 Meetings (optional)

You have the possibiity to arrange 1-to-1 meetings with other attendees by using the Networking -funtion in the App
+

Management of Migration Flows - Session I

Schengen and Borders

Chair
Mikko Puumalainen, Deputy Chancellor of Justice, Office of the Chancellor of Justice of Finland

Introductory Speaker
Marie de Somer, Head of Migration and Diversity Programme of the European Policy Center

Panelists
Oliver Seiffarth, Acting Head of Unit ‘Border management and Schengen’, DG Migration and Home Affairs, EC
Tanja Fajon, Member of the European Parliament, S&D
Hugo Brady, Advisor for Justice and Home Affairs, Cabinet of Donald Tusk

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Common European Asylum System - Session I

Asylum Policy

Chair
Boldizsár Nagy
, Associate Professor, Central European University

Introductory Speaker
Lyra Jakuleviciene
, Professor of International and EU Law, Mykolas Romeris University

Panelists
Catherine Woollard, Secretary General, European Council on Refugees and Exiles
Sophie Magennis, Head of Policy and Legal Support, UNCHR Representation for EU Affairs
Dennis Khakzad, Advisor, Unit ‘Asylum Law and Asylum Procedures’, German Federal Ministry of the Interior

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Management of Migration Flows - Session II

Return and Readmission

Chair
Dan Rotenberg, Deputy Head of Unit, DG Migration and Home Affairs Unit Irregular Migration and Return Policy

Introductory Speaker
Tamás Molnár, EU Agency for Fundamental Rights

Panelists
Elise Muir, Head of the Institute for European Law of Catholic University of Leuven
Jean-Pierre Cassarino, Senior Research Fellow at College of Europe, Natolin campus, Warsaw
Maria Gavouchidou, European Centre for Returns, European Border and Coast Guard Agency
Sergo Mananashvili, Senior Advisor at the International Centre for Migration Policy Development

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Common European Asylum System - Session II

Dublin and Solidarity

Chair
Eiko Thielemann, Associate Professor in Political Science and Public Policy, London School of Economics

Introductory Speaker
Francesco Maiani, Associate Professor of European Law at the University of Lausanne

Panelists
Henrik Nielsen, Head of Unit ‘Asylum’, DG Migration and Home Affairs, EC
Vladimír Šimoňák, Head of Unit ‘Home Affairs’, Permanent Representation of the Slovak Republic
Ralf Lesser, Deputy Head of Unit ‘Asylum Law and Asylum Procedures’, Federal Ministry of the Interior of Germany

+

1-to-1 Meetings (optional)

You have the possibiity to arrange 1-to-1 meetings with other attendees by using the Networking -funtion in the App

Coffee Break

+

Presentation of the Draft Reports

Chair
Marie de Somer, Head of Migration and Diversity Programme of the European Policy Center

Speakers
Daniel Thym, Chair of Public, European and International Law, University of Konstanz
Jens Vedsted-Hansen, Professor of EU Migration and Asylum Law, University of Aarhus
Jean-Yves Carlier, Professor of Migration and Asylum Law, Université Catholique de Louvain
Rebecca Stern, Associate Professor in International Law, University of Uppsala
Madalina Moraru, Postdoctoral Researcher, Masaryk University

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Final Plenary

Chair
Jean-Louis De Brouwer
,  Director of the European Affairs Program at the Egmont Institute

Speakers
Henrik Nielsen, speaking on behalf of the Director-General of DG Home, European Commission
Tanja Fajon, speaking on behalf of the Chair of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, EP

Mari Kiviniemi, Managing Director of the Finnish Commerce Federation, former Deputy Secretary-General of OECD and former Prime Minister of Finland
Demetrios Papademetriou, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Co-Founder and President Emeritus of the Migration Policy Institute

End of Conference and Lunch