Policy Event EMN Belgium 2019
On 10 December 2019, EMN Belgium organized 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 were discussed.
During the event, participants and panelists examined and discussed man developments in the fields of asylum and migration in Belgium and the EU in the last year. The event gathered over 170 key stakeholders from different organisations active in the field of migration and asylum (such as public bodies, academic institutions, NGOs, IOs, etc.).
The conference started with an inspiring keynote speech by Mr 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 last session on irregular migration and return, the recent figures on return were highlighted by Mr David Vogel. Ms Nina Roox and Ms Elizabeth Mensah from the federal migration centre Myria presented a report on migrants in transit on their way to the UK. Finally the day was ended with a focus on the nexus between migration, return and development by Mr Erwan Marteil, who works for the Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development of the European Commission, and by Ms Raffaella Greco Tonegutti from the Belgian Development Agency Enabel.
Pictures of the conference can be found by clicking here. For the presentations, please see below.