EMN Belgium Annual Policy Event 2019

On 10 December 2019, EMN Belgium organises its annual asylum and migration policy event in which recent national and EU developments in the field of international protection, legal migration and integration and irregular migration and return will be discussed.


Each year EMN Belgium organises a policy event to highlight national and EU developments in the field of asylum and migration of the past year.



December 10, 2019. The conference will start at 9:00 and end around 17:00.



Résidence Palace, Rue de la loi 155, 1040 Brussels



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The conference will kick off with a keynote speech by Jean-Louis De Brouwer; who was successively director in charge of immigration policies, employment policies and humanitarian aid policies at the European Commission and is currently a lecturer and director of the European Affairs Programme at the Egmont Institute.

In the session on international protection a brief overview of national trends and figures on applications for international protection and reception will be provided, followed by a presentation by Ward Lutin of EASO on the operational support to frontline Member States and on ad hoc disembarkations. Finally the recent EMN publication on beneficiaries of international protection travelling back to the country of origin will be presented and a comparative reflection will be provided by Germany.

In het afternoon the recent trends and figures on legal migration and integration in Belgium will be presented as well as a comparative overview of new policies in the field of economic migration in the different regions. Furthermore the upcoming EMN publication on pathways to citizenship will be presented by Professor Patrick Wautelet.

In the last session on irregular migration and return, the recent figures on return will be highlighted and Myria will present a report on migrants in transit on their way to the UK. Finally the day will end with a focus on the nexus between migration, return and development.

A more detailed programme can be downloaded here below.