Launch of European Migration Forum

In 2009, the European Commission together with the European Economic and Social Committee launched the European Integration Forum, a platform for dialogue with civil society on issues related to integration of third-country nationals. Since, the Forum has met twice a year and discussed different subjects focusing on migrant integration. This year, it was decided to extend the scope of the Forum to cover more topics related to immigration and asylum that would benefit from a discussion with civil society.

The first meeting of the new European Migration Forum will take place on 26-27 January 2015, and will ask for contribution of the civil society to address the migratory flows in the Mediterranean, from the situation of migrants in the countries of origin and transit before departure, to their journey and their reception once arrived to the EU. During the last year, the number of migrants who attempted to cross the Mediterranean on unseaworthy vessels and risked their lives to reach Europe, very often seeking international protection, has significantly increased, while the conditions of travel have worsened. Migrants face severe violation of human rights by the criminals who organize the journeys, and sometimes death. The magnitude of the phenomenon requires new resources and solutions to ensure an appropriate management of these migratory flows, responding fully to the humanitarian emergencies while maintaining fair and effective migration and asylum systems.

Is your organisation active in this area and would want to participate? Read carefully the terms of the call for interest, fill in the application form and send it to eu-migration-forum@eesc.europa.eu  no later than Monday 17th November, together with a scanned copy of the registration certificate of your organisation in your country. Please note that late applications will not be considered.

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The ‘Lampedusa Dilemma’

Organized by Anna Triandafyllidou, Director of the GGP Research Strand on Cultural Pluralism at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, the conference

The ‘Lampedusa Dilemma’:
Global Flows And Closed Borders – What Should Europe Do?

will take place on Monday 17 from 9:00 to 18:00 and Tuesday 18 November from 9:00 to 17:00 at Villa La Fonte (Via delle Fontanelle 18, San Domenico di Fiesole).Academics from prestigious universities (including but not limited to: Oxford University, EHESS, University of Heidelberg, Columbia University) and members from international organisations (OSCE, UNHCR, ILO, World Bank) will join experts from national governments and cultural institutions to discuss what can be called the “Lampedusa dilemma”: the trade-off between protected EU borders and the dynamism of global flows of migrants and asylum seekers.

The panels of the conference will focus on the challenges that migration presents for policy makers, for politics, for our labour markets and not least for our ethics, as follows:

Monday, November 17th

  • International Migration across the Mediterranean: Lessons from the Past
  • Migration and the Demographic Dilemma for Europe
  • European Labour Markets and the Potential of Irregular Migration
  • Governing Irregular Migration: New Challenges and New Actors

Tuesday, November 18th

  • Fortress Europe and the Responsibility to Protect
  • The Moral Duties of States to Admit Refugees and Immigrants

This event is the inaugural of the EUI Forum on Migration Citizenship and Demography, which is a 2-year programme (2014-2016) that brings together professors, senior fellows, post-doctoral researchers and PhD students from the four EUI departments, the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies and the Max Weber Programme, over a set of themes of common expertise and interest. Building on a wealth of academic publications, policy papers, conferences and workshops, produced by EUI scholars in the wider field of citizenship and democracy, demography and migration management, cultural diversity and ways to address it, the Forum offers critical analysis, informed debate and policy recommendations.

For further information and for the updated programme, please visit the conference webpage.

The working language of the conference is English. Simultaneous translation in Italian will not be available.

The conference will be live streamed here.

Should you wish to attend the conference, please register by filling out the form.

Pubblicati dati sulle presenze nelle strutture temporanee e sulle domande di asilo

Il Ministero dell’Interno ha pubblicato i dati aggiornati a fine settembre relativi alle presenze dei diversi “centri di accoglienza” e alle domande di asilo presentate. Utilizzando anche i dati pubblicati da UNHCR sugli arrivi via mare, saltano agli occhi alcuni dati eclatanti. Continua a leggere

La “Carta di Lampedusa”, tra memoria e azione concreta

“Quello che è successo due mesi fa, il 3 ottobre, alle porte di Lampedusa, ci ha fatto capire che un cambiamento è necessario e non si può rinviare”. Nicola Grigion, fra gli animatori di Melting Pot Europe, “storico” progetto di comunicazione indipendente sui diritti dei migranti, ha avviato così l’assemblea on line di venerdì 29 novembre dedicata alla costruzione della “Carta di Lampedusa”. Dall’altra parte dello schermo di pc o tablet, 60 fra associazioni, avvocati, attivisti e comitati locali, dalla Sicilia al Trentino-Alto Adige. Continua a leggere

Porti Insicuri – Rapporto MEDU, novembre 2013

Porti Insicuri. Rapporto di Medici per i Diritti Umani

Nel mondo contemporaneo sembra farsi sempre più profondo il solco tra individui e popoli liberi di viaggiare spostandosi da un continente all’altro e individui e popoli cui questa possibilità è preclusa, se non a prezzo di enormi difficoltà e, a volte, della stessa vita.
E se le frontiere esterne dell’Europa sono il punto di arrivo, spesso invalicabile, di lunghi e pericolosi tragitti di fuga dalle guerre e dalla violenza dei continenti asiatico e africano, anche all’interno dell’Unione europea alcuni percorsi di migrazione sono diventati da troppi anni rotte di sofferenza e di morte, gestite spesso da trafficanti senza scrupoli. Continua a leggere