The aim of the conference is to debate the impact of migration in the Nordic countries and Baltic States, and in Europe generally, in the form of knowledge-based discussion relying on research and experience. The topics examined will include changes in migration policy and methods for the integration of new immigrants in Estonia and the Nordic countries in a situation where both society and the labour market need new workers. The participants will be sharing their experiences in terms of integration-related challenges and how they can be resolved.
In the first of the keynote presentations at the conference Professor Raul Eamets from the University of Tartu will be discussing the potential for smart migration policy. In the second keynote presentation, Uppsala University professor Olof Åslund, who is the Director General of Sweden’s Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation, will be talking about his country’s experiences of unemployed migrants entering the labour market. The conference will end with a discussion of possible changes to migration policies involving, among others, Estonian MPs Maris Lauri and Helir-Valdor Seeder, Estonian Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Kadri Simson and the Minister of the Interior Andres Anvelt.
The conference sessions will look at changes in the migration and integration policies of the Nordic countries and Baltic States, the reining-in of illegal employment through integration and the kind of indicators with which it is possible to measure integration and its effectiveness. Among those contributing to the discussions will be Ruth Annus (head of the Citizenship and Migration Policy Department of the Estonian Ministry of the Interior), Piret Hartman (Undersecretary for Cultural Diversity with the Estonian Ministry of Culture), Hjördís Rut Sigurjónsdóttir (researcher with Nordregio), Henrik Emilsson (researcher with the Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare at Malmö University), Professor Matti Sarvimäki (Finnish Institute for Economic Research), Professor Martin Ehala (University of Tartu), Christiane Kuptsch (Senior Specialist in Migration Policy with the International Labour Organisation) and Jonathan Chaloff (Senior Specialist in Migration Policy in the International Migration Division of the Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs at the OECD).
Registration for the conference is open until 15 March or until all places are taken.
Register here: http://registration.amarela.ee/nbmigra2018/
Find out more about the conference here: https://www.norden.ee/en/regional-cooperation/population-development/migration-conference-2018
The conference will be streamed online at Postimees.