4th November - BOZAR


Welcome and presentation of the latest issue of Queries on Migration

Ernst Stetter, Secretary General of FEPS.

Hosted by FEPS

"EU Wake Up: on the way to developing a true European migration Policy?"

Gianni Pittella, MEP and President of S&D Group

Light refreshments will be served

20:00 – 21:30

Movie projection: "Leave to remain"

Hosted by S&D

21:30 – 22:15

Debate with Bruce Goodison, movie director & Ebrahim Esmail, one of the main actors.

5th November - CONCERT NOBLE



Welcome coffee




Massimo D’Alema, President of FEPS and former Prime Minister of Italy

09:15 – 10:00

Keynote Speech

Sergei Stanishev, President of the Party of European Socialists 
10:00 – 13:00

Session 1

Building a Common Progressive European Approach on Asylum  Seekers


  • Lisa Schuster, Reader in Sociology, City University London
  • Steffen Angenendt, Researcher and Senior Associate, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) 

 Policy Makers

  • Khalid Chaouki, Member of the Italian Parliament
  • Javier Moreno Sanchez, Secretary General, S&D Group
  • Yolande Ditewig, Policy Officer from Bureau for Europe, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) 
  • Kashetu Kyenge, Member of the European Parliament  

Civil Society

  • Torsten Moritz, Executive Secretary for EU Policy and Projects Churches' Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME)
  • Anna Knoll, Policy Officer in the Strengthening European External Action Programme at European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM)
  • Luca Visentini, Confederal Secretary, European Union Trade Confederation  

Ernst Stetter, Secretary General, FEPS

Final remarks 
Aissata Tall Sall, Mayor of Podor, Senegal


13:00 – 14:00

Lunch Break

14:25 - 14:40

Book Launch

“How European Cities Craft Immigrant Integration. Something to Learn” 

Irene Ponzo, Researcher, Forum of International and European Research on Immigration (FIERI) 

14:40 – 15:00

Keynote Speech

Eugenio Ambrosi, nominated Regional Director for the European Economic Area, the EU and NATO of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) 

15:00 – 18:00

Session 2

Conflict and asylum seekers in the MENA: a wake up call for EU neighbourhood policies


  • Usha Natarajan, Assistant Professor of International Law, Department of Law and Center for Migration and Refugee Studies, The American University in Cairo (AUC).
  • Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert, Senior Researcher, Migration and Refugee Studies at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) 

Policy Makers

  • Zohra Lhioui, Socialist Union of Popular Forces of Morocco
  • Marju Lauristin, Member of the European Parliament 

Civil Society

  • Aspasia Papadopoulou, Senior Advocacy Officer, European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE)
  • Conny Reuter, Secretary General SOLIDAR 
  • Guiseppe Iuliano, Member of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and International Department of Confederazione Italiana Sindacati dei Lavoratori (CISL)


Bruno Liebhaberg, Chair of the Scientific Council, FEPS  




  • Soenke Schmidt, Former EU Minister Counsellor on Migration and Asylum Affairs to the UN / Advisor to FEPS
  • Laura Caroli & Piotr Plewa (FEPS YAN)