Net for U Agenda


1. A new era of discussions on migration and development

For the second time in history, the General Assembly will convene a high-level event on 3-4 October, devoted to international migration and development at the United Nations. This meeting provides an opportunity for the international community to review progress since the first High-level Dialogue in 2006 and promote and advance the debate and cooperation in the field of migration and development.

2. Youth Migration, Equity & Inequalities in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

How can migration be beneficial for adolescents, young people and countries of origin, destination and transit alike? Around the 2nd High Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development in New York on 3-4 October, civil society and the UN are jointly hosting this online discussion on the positive impacts migration can have on young migrants and countries of origin and destination, and how this can be realized as part of the post-2015 development agenda.

3. Migration Trends over the past quarter century: The 2014 Ruppin International Conference

The 2014 Ruppin International Conference will focus on the current situation of migration in the world. Over the past quarter century, the volume of international migrants has more than doubled, and the number is likely to increase in the decades ahead. The downfall of the Berlin wall 25 years ago marks a significant change in migration trends in the world, which became since more global and open. Economic migrants, asylum seekers and refugees are on the move and researchers from various disciplines try to assess migration and integration processes in the macro and micro levels. The presence of migrants poses significant social and economic challenges to the host countries. In the current conference we will address and discuss issues relevant to assessing the current situation of migration around the world.

4. European Congress On Asylum

The 7th European Congress of Jurists specialising in Immigration and Asylum, will take place in Brussels on 8 and 9 April 2014. This edition is devoted to the 2nd generation of asylum instruments adopted on 26 June 2013 and will propose to the audience:

  • a "vertical" approach of each instrument by a general report presenting the novelties and measuring the progress accomplished towards more harmonisation;
  • a "horizontal" approach of key questions analysed throughout all the instruments to evaluate their coherence by a panel of experts after each report. The final session will assess the progress towards a CEAS (Common European Asylum System) as we will argue that it is not finalised in view of the strategic guidelines that will be adopted in June by the European Council to follow up the Stockholm programme.

5. Vivre en séjour irrégulier : Quelles consequences pour l’enfant ?

La Plate-forme Mineurs en exil, Samenlevingsopbouw Brussel Meeting) and UNICEF Belgium are holding and evening of debate and documentary screenings on Thursday the 10th April in Brussels.

Following the closure of their winter shelter for those in need, this session will focus on the plight of undocumented immigrants and their families in trying to get access to healthcare, education and housing; as well as trying to get the necessary papers to stay in Belgium. What effect will this have on their future? What can be done to help? Experts will meet to discuss and debate the situation and a documentary about those born into a situation of immigration uncertainty, and the poverty and social exclusion that can follow.

6. ENoMW Event, ’Migrant Women - Essential Contributors to the EU Labour Market’

The event will take place from 12.30 to 14.10 on Tuesday 8th April in Roomm A5E1 (Spinelli building) of the European Parliament, Brussels. Held by the European Network of Migrant Women and hosted by Mrs Jean Lambert MEP (Greens/EFA, UK), this event will introduce the work of the ENoMW and offer a brief presentation of the access to employment context for migrant women: including deskilling prevention, qualification recognition and entrepreneurship. A panel discussion featuring experts will follow.

7. A Child is a Child – How the European Union can Ensure the Rights of Undocumented Migrant Children

Held at the European Parliament by the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM) together with French MEP Nathalie Griesbeck, Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), this public hearing on the 14th of November 2013, considered the role of European Union Institutions in ensuring the rights of undocumented migrant children and their families, and called on EU institutions to fulfil their legal obligations under the UN convention on the Rights of the Child to ensure protection and access to basic rights and services for undocumented migrant children , and cease their immigration detention. The hearing’s discussions illustrated the urgent need for EU action to address the violations of migrant children’s rights in the European Union and meet the EU’s legal obligations to every child.


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