As in Slovakia, the EMN representatives in other EU Member States and Norway as well as the European Commission as the network’s coordinator also organize expert meetings on migration. Every year dozens of conferences, roundtables and seminars take place. Since 2020, some of the events have been available online also for the public.
Themes of the events are usually linked to the topic of studies that the EMN elaborates in the particular year or to the topic that is up-to-date for a Member State. The events provide not only the latest information on a specific area of migration, but also good practice and approaches of EU Member States and other countries. Among the speakers there are not only national experts, but also experts from the EU institutions, international organisations and civil society. The events at the EU level are sometimes organized in cooperation with other organisations active in the international migration area.
National and European conferences
National EMN conferences are organized based on the needs of the EU Member States and Norway. Apart from national conferences, the EMN also organizes international conferences at high-level as part of the Presidency of a Member State in the Council of the EU (i.e. EMN Annual Conferences). That is why the annual conferences take place twice a year.
EMN Annual Conferences as part of the Presidency of the Council of the EU
2021 | EMN Portugal | Digital transformation in migration
Other European EMN conferences
2020 | Conference of the EMN, the Council of Europe and the European Commission | Effective alternatives to the detention of migrants
The EMN supports policymaking also by suggesting innovative ideas and unusual approaches to international migration issues. Since 2020, EMN Roundtables have been designed for this purpose. They can have a format of a whole day event or a shorter (online) meeting. Since 2020, the EMN organized the following roundtables:
EMN World Bank Roundtables (Footprint Series)
04/2021 | Perceptions of migration
06/2021 | New approaches to EU migration: Innovations in designing and implementing new labor migration pathways
2020 | EU labour migration policy: Time to move from a skill-based to a sector-based framework? (in cooperation with DG HOME and Joint Research Centre)
Seminars on current topics
Within the EMN a number of national and European seminars presenting the outputs of EMN and other stakeholders on current migration topics is organized. Below you will find a selection of seminars at the European level:
EMN webinars on children in migration
2020 | Webinár k publikácii EMN | Missing unaccompanied children in the European Union
EMN and OECD webinars on the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on migration
2020 | Webinar to the EMN Inform #2 | Impact of COVID-19 on international students in EU and OECD Member States
2020 | Webinar to the EMN Informu #3 | Maintaining labour migration in essential sectors in times of pandemic
2020 | Webinar to the EMN Inform #4 | Impact of COVID-19 on remittances in EU and OECD countries
2020 | Webinar to the EMN Informu #5 | Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on voluntary and forced return procedures and policy responses (video recording is not available)