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Europe’s migrants and refugees : Integration into European societies

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What are the criteria for becoming an integrated migrant/refugee ? Realities and Perceptions. Debates in Sweden, Italy, Austria, France, and Germany

When : Tuesday, 14 February 2023, 9:00-12:00 CET

Where : In-person and virtual (Hybrid)

In-person : Presseclub Concordia, Bankgasse 8, 1010 Vienna

Virtual : Zoom

Registration is mandatory for both in-person attendance and online participation.

Registration deadline : Monday, 13 February 2023, 17:00.

IN PERSON attendance : registration HERE

ZOOM participation : registration HERE


8:30-9:00 : coffee and registration

9:00-9:10 Welcome Greetings

Daniela Kraus, Presseclub Concordia, Ivan Vejvoda, Europe’s Futures-Ideas for Action (IWM) and Mirjana Tomić, Fjum/Presseclub Concordia.


Introductory remarks

Migration complexities : realities and perceptions.

Melita Sunjić, migration and communication expert, journalist, book author, university lecturer, Transcultural Campaigning, Vienna, Austria.


Panel discussion followed by Q&A

Migration is an important election issue. Europe needs migration and fears migration. While debates focus on controlling the borders and accelerating expulsions, the question remains : What is the successful integration strategy for migrants ? Which criteria should migrants fulfil ?


Bernd Parusel, senior researcher, Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies (SIEPS) in Stockholm. Main research interests ; policies on migration, asylum, integration, and borders in the European Union.


Sara Prestianni, expert in international migration policies, Euromed Rights.


Rainer Bauböck, expert in democratic citizenship, European integration, migration, nationalism, and minority rights. Part-time professor at the European University Institute in Florence (Italy). Corresponding member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and chair of the Academy’s Commission on Migration and Integration Research

10:30-10:50 : Networking Coffee

10:50 -11:50

Panel discussion followed by Q&A

France and Germany have different citizenship and integration models and yet both countries encounter serious challenges. Which are the integration criteria ? Realities and perceptions.


Patrick Weil, senior research fellow at the French National Research Center in the University of Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and Senior Research Scholar in Law at Yale Law School. Professor Weil’s work focuses on comparative immigration, citizenship, and church-state law and policy. (Via Zoom).


To be announced


Closing remarks : Ivan Vejvoda

Concept and moderation : Ivan Vejvoda and Mirjana Tomić


Migration is a prevalent political topic in most European countries, often mentioned in connection with demographic decline and labour shortages. While current political debates focus on controlling the borders, the seminar will explore : What does it take to become a successful migrant/refugee ? What are the criteria ? On the other hand, what are the major fears regarding migration : demographic, cultural, linguistic, religious, or security. Is there a common EU integration policy possible ?