Brussels, 9 November 2018
Mobility-migration nexus: policies, practices, discourses and evidence
Be it in research, practice or policymaking, migration is a subject of continuous fundamental debate, which cannot be rightly comprehended without a multidisciplinary approach. What is considered migration, who is a migrant and what type of migrant – the discourse is shaped on many levels, migration trajectories are rarely clear-cut, and evidence never conclusive, reflecting the unpredictability of human life path.
The interplay and the distinctions between migration and mobility are not easy to establish and the ‘grey zones’ in-between make the debate so complex as it is. And while the movement of people remains a constant throughout history, the types of movement and movers have, at least in Europe, shifted the old notions of migration, bringing forth academic and highly skilled migration as a high demographic and market requirement and, as such, a concern of governments, researchers and education and training providers.
Recruiting, training and retaining global talent is a piece of the mobility-migration puzzle that has for long guided higher education actors in the attempt to understand mobility choices and that has led national policymakers to ensure better conditions for entry and stay of international academic population. While on the one hand, international graduates (i.e. highly skilled immigrants) often struggle to find work matching their qualifications, there has also been a movement of re-gaining ‘home’ talent from abroad with attractive incentives introduced by (national) governments.
“Mobility-migration nexus: policies, practices, discourses and evidence” - ACA’s next European Policy Seminar - will focus on this very intersection between international mobility and migration by looking into current policy-practice links and gaps, contemporary discourses and existing evidence on the two in the context of highly skilled migration, both voluntary and forced, particularly in light of Europe’s recent struggle to cope with the latter.
This seminar aims to support HEIs in their endeavours in international cooperation by pinpointing current trends in international student and graduate movement in Europe and beyond. Not less so, it aims to inform policymakers and practitioners alike of ongoing and relevant research, to create space for the policy-practice-research ‘trialogue’, and to point to some effective practices that can serve as an example and inspiration to national-level actions and university initiatives. Another ambition of the seminar is to help tackle the prevailing pejorative discourses, which not only make the debate on migration a contentious one, but also defy the European commitment to solidarity and diversity.
We strongly encourage relevant stakeholders at EU, national and institutional level to join us on 9 November 2018 in Brussels and provide their contribution to discussions, which will result in a report for policymakers and practitioners. The event will offer a highly interactive setting and an array of distinct perspectives and positions on the migration-mobility relationship.
8 November 2018
19:30 Pre-seminar dinner at La Manufacture
9 November 2018
|8:30 – 9:00||Registration opens. Welcome coffee|
|9:00 – 9:15||Welcome note by ACA|
|9:15 – 10:15||International Migration & Mobility – Concepts, Discourses and Realities
Introduction and moderation by Ulrich Grothus, ACA President
Geertrui Lanneau, Senior Regional Labour Migration and Human Development Specialist, International Organisation for Migration: Migration, (higher) education and development
Prof. Russell King, Professor of Geography, University of Sussex: International Student Mobility: trends and trajectories
|10:15 – 10:45||Coffee break|
|10:45 – 11:45||Academic Migration Networks & Public Diplomacy – From Student Recruitment to Alumni Engagement
Moderator: Ragnhild Solvi Berg, Senior adviser, DIKU
Pietro De Matteis, European External Action Service Advisor on Public Diplomacy: EU’s public diplomacy initiative & alumni engagement
Mikael Börjesson, Uppsala University: Academic mobility and international migration – A study of the Swedish Institute scholarships
11:50 – 13:10
Parallel Sessions Round 1
Session 1. Panel discussion
|13:10 – 14:15||Lunch break|
14:15 – 15:30
Parallel Sessions Round 2
Session 3. Panel discussion
Session 4. Presentation
|15:30 – 15:50||Coffee break|
|15:50 – 16:50||Closing Panel
Linking Research, Policymaking and Practice – the way forward
Moderator: Bernd Wächter, Director, ACA
Claire Herrmann, Policy Officer, European Commission, DG Education, Culture, Youth and Sport
Martin Unger, Senior Researcher, Institute for Advanced Studies (HIS)
Marie Desrousseaux, Human Rights and Solidarity Coordinator, European Students’ Union (ESU)
Prof. Ides Nicaise, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
|16:50 – 17:00||Thank you note and end of seminar|
Ragnhild Solvi Berg
Pietro De Matteis
More information about Pietro you will find here.
Adinda van Gaalen
Hélène Calers works as Policy Officer in the Unit “Legal Migration and Integration” of the Directorate General on Migration and Home Affairs of the European Commission. In that position, she was involved in the negotiations of the Students and Researchers Directive and is now responsible for the follow-up and implementation of that Directive and the Seasonal Workers Directive. She previously worked in the General Secretariat of the European Parliament, including six years in the Secretariat of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, where she was responsible for borders, migration and budget issues. She was notably involved in the negotiations of the Seasonal Workers Directive and the Intra-Corporate Transferee Directive. She studied at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Strasbourg and holds a Master in European Politics and Policies from the Université Libre de Bruxelles.
Nadia Manzoni is a policy officer in the department for higher education in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture. In this role, she is responsible for the higher education policies fostering employability of graduates and in particular, the European graduate tracking initiative. Previously in the Commission she worked as an education policy analyst in the European semester process, having studied education studies at the University of Cambridge.
Prof. Ides Nicaise
6, place Poelaert