EMN-OECD Webinar " Maintaining labour migration in essential sectors in times of pandemic", 21 October 2020, 10.30 - 11.45 (CEST)

On October 21, the joint EMN-OECD inform on "Maintaining labour migration in essential sectors in times of pandemic" will be launched with a webinar.

Context and aims

From the beginning of the COVID-19 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. The EMN and OECD are now collaborating with DG HOME to address this 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.

Other topics include: 

- Residence permits and migrant unemployment (July 2020)

- Impact on international students (September 2020)

- Impact on remittances (November 2020, tbc)

- Impact on return procedures (December 2020, tbc).

This webinar will serve to present the key findings of each Inform. 


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: COVID-19 and Migrant Workforce: Contributions and Vulnerabilities 

Jacopo Mazza, Project Officer, JRC, European Commission

10.50 – 11.05: EMN OECD Inform “Maintaining labour migration in essential sectors in times of pandemic”: presentation of key findings 

Sabina Hrovatin, Expert in migration policy and legislation, EMN Slovenia 

11.05 – 11.20: Singling out essential workers for special treatment in OECD countries: exemptions and safeguards

Cecile Thoreau, Statistician and Policy Analyst, OECD 

11.20 – 11.35: Q&A session

11.35 – 11.45: Closing remarks 

Magnus Ovilius, Head of Agencies and Networks Coordination Sector and Chair of the EMN, DG HOME, European Commission  



Please register by clicking here.


Practical information

After registration, you will receive your meeting number, password and information on technical support in a confirmation email.

Please join the webinar 5-10 minutes ahead of schedule to allow for technical support if needed. 


Photo by the National Cancer Institute ( https://unsplash.com/@nci )

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