Lecture Series on Migration in the Mediterranean

10 Mar 2014 18:00
31 Mar 2014 20:00

The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), in association with the Institute for European Studies (IES), is proud to present their Lecture Series on Migration in the Mediterranean. The series provides an opportunity for reflection on specific issues of recent concerns to Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, from mobility to urbanisation, to policing activities and humanitarian concerns in and around the Mediterranean region.

The lecture series aims to bring migration discussions to a wide audience of policy-makers, practitioners, academics, students, civil society organisations and concerned citizens. Each lecture consists of a combination of one high-level practitioner and academic discussing a particular question related to migration in the Mediterranean region. Each lecture will dedicate ample time to discussions with the audience.


The Mediterranean region is one of the most important areas for the migration of peoples, located as it is at the crossroads of three continents. During the recent events in North Africa, thousands of migrants and asylum seekers have embarked on very dangerous sea crossings, at great risk to their lives. Human rights concerns arise regarding international protection of, and assistance to, people rescued at sea. The recent Lampedusa tragedy has shown all the more that migration in the Mediterranean remains a pressing policy issue.

Given the growing importance of migration in and around the Mediterranean region, different initiatives have been developed in the European Union (EU), EU Member States, North Africa and the Middle East. A number of dialogues and initiatives between the EU and the Southern Mediterranean countries have been established. Moreover, at sub-state level, the increasing urbanisation of migration flows in recent years poses new challenges for effective migration planning and management by cities of destination.


  • Monday 10 March 2014, 18:00-20:00
    Opening Lecture: The EU and Mediterranean Migration
    Prof. Godfried Engbersen, Professor of Sociology and Research Director of the Sociology Department, Erasmus University
    Mr. Spyridon Voulgaris, Counsellor, Head of Unit of Justice and Home Affairs, Permanent Representation of Greece to the EU
    Co-chairs: Mr. Ralph Genetzke, Head of Mission, ICMPD Brussels and Mr. Richard Lewis, Senior Research Fellow, IES
    Podcast: Prof. Godfried EngbersenMr. Spyridon Voulgaris
  • Monday 17 March 2014, 18:00-20:00
    La mobilité dans la région méditerranéenne // Mobility in the Mediterranean Region
    Prof. Ali Bensaâd, Institut de Recherches et d’Etudes sur le Monde Arabe et Musulman
    Mohamed Ali Chihi, Directeur Général Des Affaires Consulaires, Ministère Des Affaires Etrangères, Tunisie
    Chair: Dr. Chantal Lacroix, Programme Manager, Deputy Head of Mission, ICMPD Brussels
    This lecture will be bilingual: French and English
  • Monday 24 March 2014, 18:00-20:00
    Managing Migration in Mediterranean Cities
    Prof. Camille Schmoll, Lecturer, Université Paris 7 - Denis Diderot
    Dr. Mohamed El Sioufi, Coordinator, Housing and Slum Upgrading Branch and Coordinator, Global Housing Strategy at UN-HABITAT
    Chair: Mr. Julien Simon, Team Leader, EUROMED Migration III, ICMPD Brussels
  • Monday 31 March 2014, 18:00-20:00
    Irregular Migration Pressures, and Search and Rescue at Sea
    Prof. Dr. François Crépeau, Hans and Tamar Oppenheimer Professor in Public International Law at the Faculty of Law of McGill University and UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants 
    Mr. Filippo Colombo, Counsellor, Justice and Home Affairs, Permanent Representative of Italy to the EU
    Co-chairs: Mr. Ralph Genetzke, Head of Mission, ICMPD Brussels and Prof. Ilke Adam, Coordinator of the Migration and Diversity Research Cluster, IES
    Podcast: Prof. Dr. François CrépeauMr. Filippo Colombo

Registration & Venue

The lectures will take place every Monday from 18:00 - 20:00 at the premises of the Institute for European Studies. Participation is free of charge, but registration is required.

Registration is closed!

Karel Van Miert Building
Conference Room Rome
Pleinlaan 5
1050 Brussels
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Dr. Chantal Lacroix
Programme Manager
Deputy Head of Mission
ICMPD Brussels

Prof. Ilke Adam (Academic Coordinator)
Postdoctoral Researcher Migration and Diversity
Institute for European Studies
+32 2 614 80 26

Ms. Jacintha Liem (Logistics)
Events Manager
+32 2 614 80 02
Institute for European Studies