EMN-OECD Webinar "Impact of COVID-19 on international students in EU and OECD Member States", 17 September 2020, 10.30 – 12.00 (CEST)

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and the substantial measures taken by EU and OECD countries to prevent the spread of the virus are having direct and indirect impacts on international students coming to those countries. While the long-term consequences are difficult to predict, the immediate impacts are already visible, for example, the processing of new applications or renewing of residence permits has in many cases been hindered or suspended, with consequences for international students already present in the host country. In addition, the abrupt downturn in economic activity has had a significant impact across many sectors, with international students facing the loss of their part time jobs or reduced or lost incomes, which could have an impact on their ability to continue their studies or find a job or start a business following their graduation.

Context and aims

From the beginning of the outbreak, the EMN and the OECD have independently been monitoring how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting migration in the EU and beyond, in order to provide information useful to governments and policy makers at all levels. EMN and OECD are now collaborating with DG HOME to address this most urgent agenda in the short and medium terms. Such a collaboration aims to generate synergies and avoid duplication of effort to address this issue. The result of the collaboration is a series of five Informs on measures taken at national and EU level in response to COVID-19 and their impacts on migration to address the negative consequences of the pandemic. EMN and OECD will host a webinar to present the key findings of each Inform.

This webinar will serve to launch the second EMN-OECD Inform on the impact of COVID-19 on international students in EU and OECD countries. 

Overview of the event


10.30-10.35: Opening session
Zane Rozenberga, EMN Luxembourg and EMN Communication and Dissemination Working Group co-chair

10.35-10.50 The position of the European Commission
Doris Spickenreuther, Legal Officer, DG HOME, European Commission

10.50-11.05: EMN OECD Inform “Impact of COVID-19 on international students in EU and OECD Member States”: presentation of key findings
Stanislavs Lopatinskis, EMN Latvia expert

11.05-11.20: Good practice example: Germany
Bernd Fischer, Deputy Head of Division - European Higher Education Area,Internationalisation, Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany

11.20-11.35: OECD member countries’ response to the challenges faced by international students associated with the COVID-19 pandemic
Jonathan Chaloff and Thomas Liebig, Senior Migration Specialists, OECD

11.35-11.50: Q&A session

11.50-12.00: Closing remarks
Jean-Christophe Dumont, Head of the International Migration Division in the Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, OECD

Practical information – WebEx


Please register via the following link: https://next-ma.eu/landing/impact-covid-19-on-internationalstudents

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Participants will be muted by default. A 15-min Q&A session is planned after the three main presentations/sessions. Please use the chat box on the right side of your screen to submit your question during each session.

Meeting number, password and technical support

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Please join the webinar 5 minutes ahead of schedule to allow for technical support if needed.

In case you face any other technical issue, please contact [email protected]

Date de Publication: lun 31 aoû 2020
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