The conference will give participants the chance to comprehend specific issues on migration and the different cultures. Therefore, academics have the opportunity to directly receive a feedback on research performed. The working session on academic course design will also give the opportunity to identify the prerequisites and options for a future academic course and its topics to foster understanding and tackling the migration challenge. which The joint conference: Understanding and Tackling the Migration Challenge: Mapping Options for a Resilient Approach (16th – 17th of December 2016). comprises joint sessions where participants present analyses, papers and studies on migration issues, social inclusion, disadvantaged groups, security, combating extremism and other forms of violence; the contributions will be published in a Conference Proceedings Volume.

The main topics addressed by the project are:

  • the incentives for irregular migration – the root causes of irregular and forced displacement;
  • anti-trafficking and anti-smuggling measures;
  • repatriation of irregular migrants;
  • common asylum policy – move coherent application of the current system combined with re-evaluation of the effectiveness and fairness of the Dublin system;
  • new policy for legal migration – combining moves to foster better integration, and a clearer matching of immigration to labour-market needs in host countries, with an increasing focus on development in countries of origin.

The impact on the attendants shall be designated into: improved knowledge on forced migration; more opportunities to participate in international research and cooperation programs; improved specialized knowledge in the field of resilience, understanding EU Refugee Policy, refugee rights and protection, politics of forced immigration and displacement, refugee settlements and camps integration of refugees, living conditions of immigrants transformations of place, power and social ties, injustices of displacement, racism and relation to the locals, methodologies of forced migration research, history of forced immigration. The availability of new case studies in this field as well as materials will help foster new competences in providing courses and materials with new teaching approaches (e.g. blended learning). The project represents a good opportunity to set up a continuous cooperation between the two partner universities on migration issues, social inclusion, security, combating extremism and other forms of violence. The results will be both material (i.e. the conference proceedings, policy guide etc.) but also on non-material (knowledge exchange, kick-off for further cooperation projects etc.).