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Warsaw, 18th May 2009



International conference in Cracow June 3-5, 2009

The Centre of Migration Research at Warsaw University is glad to invite you to participate in the final IDEA project conference which will be held on June 3-5, 2009 at the conference centre “Przegorzaly” at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow. The conference will summarize two-and-a-half-year research work carried out under the guidance of CMR UW in collaboration with eight other European academic institutions from Austria, the Czech Republic, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Portugal and Spain. Leading European migration experts will gather in Cracow to discuss immigration experiences of European countries, the challenges that they face, and the issue of new and flexible migration policy.

International mobility has become a widespread phenomenon in Europe. Prof. Marek Okólski, the project coordinator, notes that countries in Eastern Europe are facing a shift from being countries of emigration to immigration destinations. These countries have recently become new actors on the stage of common EU migration policy, facing problems similar to those that the “old” immigration countries experienced. It is high time to give mutual lessons on migration policy within the European Union. New immigration countries can learn from experiences of more advanced in immigration countries, like Spain – stresses a Spanish immigration expert, prof. Joaquin Arango – to avoid mistakes that other European countries have made.

Recommendations for new immigration countries include:

1.     Creating a more innovative, flexible and pro-active migration policy, responding to the phenomenon of “fluid” migration (short-term migration, circulation, mobility with no intention of settling down) as part of UE acquis communautaire.

2.     Monitoring of the demand for foreign workers and applying special privileges to the desired foreign labour force.

3.     Closer collaboration with neighbouring source countries.

4.     Playing a more active role in law-making and policy-making processes at the EU level.

The project Mediterranean and Eastern European Countries as new immigration destinations in the European Union (IDEA) has aimed at studying the phenomenon of migration transformation in Europe by comparing immigration experiences of three groups of countries - Western European, Mediterranean and Central-Eastern countries. The analyses have revealed the challenges that these countries have faced, identified the common problems and the mechanisms behind migration policy-making processes, and specified what “new” immigration countries of Central-Eastern Europe could learn from more experienced “old” immigration countries.

The project concludes in June 2009 leaving numerous publications revealing project outcomes and comprehensive analyses that are available online at http://www.idea6fp.uw.edu.pl/:

·         regional syntheses that compare migration experiences of three regions: Western, Mediterranean and Central-Eastern Europe,

·         Working Papers discussing immigration patterns in the European countries investigated,

·         Policy Briefs with policy recommendations for the European countries investigated.

Project was co-funded by the European Commission within the 6th Framework Programme.


For more information on the project, please contact:

Prof. Marek Okólski, CMR UW Director, IDEA Project Coordinator

Dr Izabela Grabowska-Lusińska, Coordinator of Labour Market Group in the IDEA project


Leaflet “The IDEA Final Conference”


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