21 November 2019 - 22 November 2019
Vienna, Austria

Recommendations for the next five years of EU migration policy

IIASA World Population Program Director Wolfgang Lutz will participate in the roundtable at the Vienna Migration Conference 2019.

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2019 is a pivotal year for drawing up Europe’s future policy directions, especially in the area of migration that is among the top priorities for the European public across the continent. As their ballots have been cast, the wake of the European elections will see a new leadership tasked to build on progress already made and move forward and past the current gridlock. For both the EU and its close partners this is a decisive point in time to shape the way forward of migration policies and cooperation.

The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) is assuming its responsibility at this pivotal moment in time to convene key stakeholders at the 4th Vienna Migration Conference "Breaking the gridlock and moving forward: recommendations for the next five years of EU migration policy" on 21 and 22 November 2019, with the aim to contribute to the strategic reflection process and discuss pragmatic, constructive and forward-looking recommendations for the next five years of migration policy developments in and for Europe.

Wolfgang Lutz is invited to participate in the roundtable on "A complementary migration research agenda, quo vadis for the next 10 years?" at this event. The roundtable is set to address the overarching question of what are the areas and challenges we need to look into further? The debate will go beyond of waht we currently know and highlight where new perspectives are needed. Lead researchers with experience on Europe and beyond will elaborate, from their respective perspective, on areas in need of additional scrutiny and of relevance for future European migration policy.

Lutz is leading the Centre of Expertise on Population and Migration (CEPAM), a collaboration between IIASA’s World Population Program and the JRC, that was launched in to provide comprehensive assessments of the drivers of possible future migration to Europe and study the implications of alternative future migration scenarios that could help to inform European policies from 2019 onwards. In 2018, CEPAM launched their first book titled "Demographic and human capital scenarios for the 21st century" presenting an essential background study for that work. In 2019, CEPAM published flagship report on migration, population and education scenarios for the EU.

Lutz is also one of 15 eminent scientists, appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, serving as independent group to produce a Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) with the aim to inform the high-level political forum on sustainable development when it meets under the auspices of the United Nations General Assembly to review the progress made on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The latest GSDR titled The Future is Now: Science for Achieving Sustainable Development was launched in September 2019 and received global attention.

The Vienna Migration Conference is ICMPD’s annual flagship conference. It is well established as one of the most relevant platforms for dialogue on migration in Europe and beyond, and plays a vital role in exploring migration policy options and formulating future strategies. 

Event details:

Title: Vienna Migration Conference 2019

Date: 21-22 November 2019

Location: Aula of Sciences, Vienna, Austria

For more information please visit the event website.

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