Hybrid migration conference „Flight and Migration in the EU – New Answers to Political Questions“
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Hybrid migration conference „Flight and Migration in the EU – New Answers to Political Questions“

Hybrid migration conference „Flight and Migration in the EU – New Answers to Political Questions“

On July 1st 2022, the network organisation SOLIDAR (www.solidar.org), the Willi-Eichler-Akademie e.V. and the Gustav-Stresemann-Institut (GSI) in Bonn are organising an international, hybrid, one-day conference on the premises of the GSI.

Not only the current war in Ukraine makes it more than urgent to finally address the issue of migration in Europe in its complexity. In an international framework, we want to reflect on recommendations for an orderly EU immigration and refugee policy.

We are listening to people who have recently ventured into the EU and those who have been settled here for many years. We want to hear from those who work with new immigrants and refugees on their integration, from those who legislate for them and from those who support them financially and humanly.

On July 1st 2022, the network organisation SOLIDAR (www.solidar.org), the Willi-Eichler-Akademie e.V. and the Gustav-Stresemann-Institut (GSI) in Bonn are organising an international, hybrid, one-day conference on the premises of the GSI.

Not only the current war in Ukraine makes it more than urgent to finally address the issue of migration in Europe in its complexity. In an international framework, we want to reflect on recommendations for an orderly EU immigration and refugee policy.

We are listening to people who have recently ventured into the EU and those who have been settled here for many years. We want to hear from those who work with new immigrants and refugees on their integration, from those who legislate for them and from those who support them financially and humanly.

Programme

Opening: 9.00 a.m.
Greetings: 9.30 – 10.00 a.m.

Panel 1

The right to asylum is non-negotiable.

10.00 – 11.30

Moderator:
Daniel Weber, GSI
Coffee break:
11.30 – 11.45

During the coffee break you can also use the beautiful garden of the GSI

Panel 2

Eastern Europe and the question of migration, then and now.

11.45 – 13.00

Moderator:
Robert Misik, freier Autor
Lunch break:
13.00 – 14.00

Lunch will be served in the restaurant of the Gustav Stresemann Institute.

Panel 3

Legal Aspects of Migration, Global Justice?

14.0015.15

Moderator:
Susanne Drake, WEA
Coffee break:
15.15. – 15.30

Panel 4

We are people, and
we will stay.

15.3017.00

Moderator:
Anne-Sophie Schulz, GSI
End of the conference.

The participants of the panels:

Panel 1 The right to asylum is not negotiable

In this panel, representatives of refugee organisations will talk with representatives of the European and German executive and politicians about push backs, new walls, anchor centres, distribution keys, legal certainty and, of course, causes of flight, etc.

Bärbel Dieckmann

Bärbel Dieckmann

was Lord Mayor of Bonn from 1994 to 2009. She is a member of the Presidium of the German United Nations Association. She was President of Welthungerhilfe from 2008-2018. She co-chairs the independent Commission on the Causes of Displacement on an equal footing with Gerda Hasselfeldt.

Olga Echeverría-Torres

Olga Echeverría-Torres

is an advocate for international protection. In the almost 20 years she has worked first as a volunteer and then as a staff member in the country she considers her home, she has always advocated for the rights of the most vulnerable people and migrants under the umbrella of MPDL.

Bashar Hassoun

Bashar Hassoun

had to flee Syria in 2013. He completed an internship at the German Bundestag, founded an organisation that provides jobs for refugees and became an advisor at the Friedrich Ebert Foundation. He is a member of parliament in the integration committee of the Berlin Senate. Since the end of 2016, he has been a member of the management of FREEARTUS artists + refugees united for freedom gGmbH. He has also been the managing director there since the beginning of 2016.

Peter Ruhenstroth-Bauer

Peter Ruhenstroth-Bauer

is the managing director of UN Refugee Aid in Bonn. In his various professional positions, he has worked at the interfaces of civil society, business and politics. For example, he has worked as a radio agency journalist. He has worked as a communications and strategy consultant primarily for foundations, non-governmental organisations and associations, and was also a state secretary.

Sara Kekuš

Sara Kekuš

is Programme Manager at CMS (Croatia) for Asylum, Integration and Security. CMS, through the research, projects and activities of this programme, aims to raise awareness of the dangers of prejudice against religious, ethnic and racial minorities and to actively work to identify and combat discrimination and prejudice and instead advocate for the development of policies and programmes that respect the human rights of vulnerable groups.  Sara joins virtually.

Anne van Lancker

Anne van Lancker

was a member of the European Parliament from 1994-2009. She was a member of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs and the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, which deals with immigration, among other issues. She is now chair of Vluchtelingenwerk Vlaanderen (Refugee Action Flanders), a non-governmental organisation for the rights of asylum seekers and the social integration of recognised refugees. She was elected president of Solidar in May 2022. Anne van Lancker is a virtual participant in the panel.

Panel 2 Eastern Europe and the issue of migration, then and now.

It is also about the war in Ukraine and the many refugees, but also about the attitude of Eastern European states towards different refugees and the blackmail by the regime in Belarus. We recall the history of Eastern European migration to the EU before and during the Cold War. We discuss the attitude of the Eastern European EU states towards immigration in general. In particular, we look at the different experiences Germany has had over the years with different migrant groups from Eastern Europe and the role of the diaspora.

Elisaveta Khan

Elisaveta Khan

came to Germany from the Soviet Union with her family at the age of nine, where she learned German, studied social work, founded the non-profit organisation Integrationshaus e.V. and has since initiated, managed and accompanied many projects and collected prizes for them. As a New German Organisation, the „In-Haus“ is committed to a post-migrant society in a democratic republic. Internal and external, own and foreign resistant perspectives, movements and actions are a matter of course.

Dietmar Nietan

Dietmar Nietan

is chairman of the German-Polish Society and a member of the non-party Europa-Union Deutschland, which supports a federal Europe and the European unification process. He is also Co-Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for the International Youth Meeting Centre in Oświęcim (Auschwitz). Nietan is a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Bundestag and the Federal Government Commissioner for Poland.

Dr. Maciej Duszczyk

Dr. Maciej Duszczyk

Vice-Rector for Research and International Relations at the University of Warsaw (2016-2020). For ten years he headed the Migration Policy Department at the Centre for Migration Research at the University of Warsaw. He was the principal investigator of research projects funded by Polish and European institutions. His research areas are migration, integration policy, social policy and European integration.

Josip Juratovic

Josip Juratovic

is a trained car mechanic, trade unionist and of Croatian origin. He came to Germany as a child. The International Institute for Middle East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES) awarded Josip Juratović, Member of the German Bundestag, with the high prize „The Most Visible European Politician in the Western Balkans“.

Milena Sošić

Milena Sošić

IDC Serbia, is a lawyer who defends and supports what she believes in – the well-being and respect for the rights of all population groups – equally and without exclusion – at the conference she will speak mainly about Roma refugees. She works on human rights, the free legal aid system, forced migration and readmission.

Panel 3 Legal Aspects of Migration, Global Justice?

Refugees, politicians and experts will discuss the different legal aspects of migration, including the possibility to accuse and condemn human rights violations anywhere in the world. What sanctions are there, what support does international law offer? Can it also be directed against EU states, with regard to a colonial past, for example? What about war crimes committed abroad? What about the possibility of „importing“ conflicts, through the influx of other cultures with their own values?

Anwar Albunni

Anwar Albunni

is a lawyer who practised in Damascus. His family has always been in conflict with the Assad regime. In 2004, he got involved in an EU-funded project with a Belgian organisation. He was arrested and convicted of treason. After his release, he had to flee abroad after a short time and came to Germany via Lebanon. Since then, he has been working here to have torturers from Syrian prisons sentenced by proper courts in Europe.

Joana Marta Sommer

Joana Marta Sommer

has taken over the Migration and Integration Department at the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung on 1 June 2022. Previously, she worked as a policy officer in the office of SPD Member of Parliament Gaby Bischoff in the European Parliament, where she dealt with issues such as labour migration and social security.

Luis Cortes

Luis Cortes

has worked in Movimiento por la Paz (MPDL) since 2008 in the area of Social Action, coordinating programmes that promote the social inclusion of migrants throughout Spain. He has previously developed income generation, border development and migration projects in Morocco and the Andean countries. As an economist by training, he also pays particular attention to economic development within the legal framework of migration.

Faik Ispahiu

Faik Ispahiu

has more than 20 years of experience in the development of free and independent media in Kosovo and the Balkan region. He is the founder of KALLXO, a media and activist organisation dedicated to investigating and publicising cases of corruption and electoral fraud. He has also been involved in investigating war crimes committed by Kosovars in Syria. Faik will be joining us virtually.

Giovanni Vanore

Giovanni Vanore

works at ARCI’s Immigration and Asylum Office where he deals with national and European projects for asylum seekers and refugees in the field of social support and orientation to services and opportunities. He has worked on social and cultural promotion initiatives and projects for the inclusion of refugees. He currently coordinates a national legal and psycho-social support project for unaccompanied minors in Italy. Building networks between organisations is the main objective of his organisation. Giovanni joins us virtually.

Rachida Aziz

Rachida Aziz

is a community-builder and organizer. Among her many initiatives and developments was „The Space“. „The Space“ is a laboratory and try-out space for cultural centres of a new hybrid identity, feeling right at home amongst the super diversity of our cities’ multilayered population.  Beginning 2020, Le Space morphed into HOTM, Headquarters of the Movement, an artivist grassroots network. HOTM was the creator and stimulator of the #InMyName campaign. The In My Name campaign is supported by numerous Belgian organizations and trade unions with the goal of a citizenship law to regularize undocumented migrants. The signataries want to change the law so that there are clear, fair and permanent criteria for regularization. The current system of total arbitrariness must be ended urgently. Rachida’s book „Nobody is going to sleep here tonight“ has been published by EPO.

Panel 4 We are people, and we will stay

Here, employees of public and private institutions talk to those affected and politicians about the special needs of people who have immigrated themselves and of people who were born in the second or third generation with a migration background. They talk about the possible desire to return, racism in the host country, about new affiliations and the tension between integration and the appreciation of the culture of origin.

Dr. Lale Akgün

Dr. Lale Akgün

was born in Istanbul. After graduating from high school in 1972, she studied medicine, ethnology and psychology in Marburg. In 1980 she took German citizenship. She worked at the Family Counselling Service of the City of Cologne until 1997, from 1992 as deputy head of the service. From 1997 to 2002 she was head of the North Rhine-Westphalian Centre for Immigration in Solingen. From 2002 to 2009 she was a member of the German Bundestag.

Barbara König

Barbara König

is Managing Director of the AWO District Association Bonn/Rhein-Sieg. Before that, she was State Secretary in the Berlin Senate, where she was responsible for „care and equality“. In the AWO Federal Association, she was responsible for the topic of „Social Policy“ as a speaker, headed the AWO family association „Family Forum of the Future“ and was the state executive director of the AWO in Berlin.

Tahera Ameer

Tahera Ameer

studied literature, philosophy and Hispanic studies in Tübingen, Barcelona and Berlin. She has been working on current and historical anti-Semitism and racism since 2004. She is a board member of the Amadeu Antonio Foundation. The Amadeu Antonio Foundation is committed to combating right-wing extremism. (virtuelle Teilnahme)

Birgit Naujoks

Birgit Naujoks

is the executive director of the Refugee Council NRW. The office of the non-profit association provides information on refugee policy, residence and asylum law and various reasons for fleeing. The task of the NRW Refugee Council also includes promoting the exchange of information between counselling centres, self-organisations, initiatives and individuals active in refugee work.

Dr. Sonia Gsir

Dr. Sonia Gsir

has 20 years of professional experience in the field of migration and asylum. With a PhD in Political and Social Sciences and an MA degree in International Relations and European Politics from the University of Liège, she currently works as a migration expert for EnaBEL, the Belgian Development Agency, where she is involved in project formulation, backstopping and support missions for the implementation of the Human Mobility Strategy.

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