Climate Migration: From Research to (EU) Policy-Making

18 Jan 2013 12:00
18 Jan 2013 14:30

The impact of environmental degradation including the adverse effects of climate change on migration is a topic of growing concern and interest worldwide. In recent years an impressive number of reports have been released on this topic by various sources, including international organisations, government departments, academic institutions, NGOs and think tanks.

In March 2013, the European Commission will publish a Staff Working Paper on Migration and Climate Change, its first paper on this issue. Therefore, the moment is timely to examine existing research findings, its use for evidence-based policy making, and the best means for translating research into policy practice.

This policy forum will be the first of two events organised by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel’s (VUB) Institute for European Studies, the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) and the Greens/EFA. The policy forum will look at the state of research in the field of climate change, the environment and migration. The conclusions of this first event will provide the basis for a follow up discussion focussing on translating research results into evidence-based policy making at the European level in the European Parliament on 24 April 2013. François Crépeau, United Nations Special Rapporteur for the Human Rights of Migrants already confirmed its presence as a key note speaker.

During the 18 January policy forum, Ms Jean Lambert, Green MEP, will demonstrate the importance of research for acting on climate migration at the European level. Researchers Ms Aurelie Sgro, Associate Project Officer at the ICMPD Brussels Mission and PhD candidate at the University of Nice, and Dr. François Gemenne, Postdoctoral Researcher of the FRS-FNRS at CEDEM (University of Liège) and Research Fellow at the Institut du Développement Durable et des Relations Internationales (IDDRI) - Science Po Paris, will critically discuss the findings of current international research, which will frame the discussions on terminology and current legal, political and institutional conceptual debates. It is the Policy Forum's aim is to actively contribute to the development of a research agenda that is relevant and ‘readable’ for policy-makers.

Programme

12:00 - 12:30 Lunch Reception
12:30 - 14:30 Policy Forum
  • Chair: Mr. Richard Lewis (Institute for European Studies, VUB) and Dr. Chantal Lacroix (ICMPD)
  • Keynote: Ms Jean Lambert, Green MEP
  • Ms Aurélie Sgro, Associate Project Officer at the ICMPD Brussels Mission and PhD candidate at the University of Nice
  • Dr. François Gemenne, Postdoctoral Researcher of the FRS-FNRS at CEDEM (University of Liège) and Research Fellow at the Institut du Développement Durable et des Relations Internationales (IDDRI) - Science Po Paris

Registration & Venue

Participation is free of charge and open to all but due to space limitations, registration is compulsory. Registrations are closed!

Venue:
Institute for European Studies
Karel Van Miert Building
Conference Room Rome & Lisbon (Floor -1)
Pleinlaan 5
1050 Brussels
[directions]