Participation of Mr. Miltiadis Makrygiannis, PABSEC Deputy Secretary General, in the 5th International Migration Conference, Athens, 23 - 26 August 2017

Participation of Mr. Miltiadis Makrygiannis, PABSEC Deputy Secretary General, in the 5th International Migration Conference, Athens, 23 - 26 August 2017

Mr. Miltiadis Makrygiannis, PABSEC Deputy Secretary General, participated to the 5th International Migration Conference, hosted at the Harokopio University Athens, from 23 to 26 August 2017.

Among the partners who supported the organization of the conference was the University of Hamburg, the Ohio State University, the National Center of Social Research, the Hellenic Sociological Society, l' Institut de Recherche, Formation et Action sur les Migrations, the Transnational Press London, the Göç Dergisi etc.

The opening session chaired by Mr. Ibrahim Sirkeci (Regent's University London) was dedicated to Migration Research and Data. Detailed presentations were made by Mrs. Neli Esipova (Gallup World Poll, USA), Mr. Giuseppe Sciortino (University of Trento, Italy) and Mr. Oded Stark (University of Bonn, Germany). The next session was dedicated to the Challenges for migration policy in Greece as a gate to Europe.

The 2017 Conference was one of the largest gathering on migration with a global scope. Human mobility, border management, integration and security, diversity and minorities as well as spatial patterns, identity and economic implications have dominated the public agenda and gave an extra impetus for the study of migrants problem over the last decade or so.  

Several sessions on various key thematic areas took place the days of the conference, among them “Migration and Security”, “Gender and Migration in Turkey”, “International Migration Law and Policy”, “Economics of Migration”, “Historic Perspectives on Migration” and other.

Mr. Miltiadis Makrygiannis pointed out that this issue is very important for the Black Sea region, because during last years more that 4 million migrants arrived into the Black Sea region and 3 million of them live now in Turkey. The BSEC Member States are particularly concerned about the multiple effects of migration since it is an area both of sending and receiving migrants – as a final destination or transit area. Issues like brain drain, social rights of migrants and illegal migration are constantly in the centre of the discussions within the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation. The PABSEC discussed and adopted Reports and Recommendations on migration issue.

He underlined, among other, that the BSEC Member States are increasingly becoming aware of the fact that the successful management and regulation of the migration processes are key instruments for advancement in the globalizing world economy. Migration and migrant integration thus become a key issue at the national, regional and global level, while most countries now recognize the need for cooperation in order to manage migration effectively.

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