13-14 May 2013
Printable version: Programme
SESSION 1. RECENT MIGRATION TRENDS IN AND FROM THE REGION
Keynote lecture by Philippe Fargues (Migration Policy Institute, European University Institute, Italy) on: how has migration within and from the region responded to recent economic and geopolitical changes? How have these changes affected the opportunities for youth and the development prospects of the region? What role for demographic factors in shaping recent and future migration trends? (presentation)
Background paper: Martin Baldwin Edwards(Mediterranean Migration Observatory, Panteion University, Greece) (presentation)
What are the main characteristics of current labour migration system in the MENA region? What are the implications for bilateral and multilateral agreements with destination countries in managing migration?
SESSION 2. PROMOTING SKILLS DEVELOPMENT AND USE: IS MIGRATION A BLESSING OR A CURSE?
How to better match young people skills and labour demand in countries of origin?
To which extent migrants skills are underused in destination countries and what measures could reduce the risk of unemployment and over-qualification and the duration of unemployment? What are the barriers to the international transferability of skills and how can these be lifted? What sort of skills do migrants accumulate abroad and to which extend are these transferable and valued in origin countries?
Chair: Habib Louizi(Directeur Général de l'Office des Tunisiens à l'Etranger, Secrétariat d’Etat auprès du ministre des affaires sociales en charge de la migration des tunisiens à l’étranger)
What is the available evidence concerning international students from the region? How many are they? Where are they? What are they doing? Do they come back? How can the skills of international students be better mobilised in their countries of origin? How can recognition of foreign qualifications, including that of technical degrees, be promoted to improve the labour market opportunities of students wishing to return to their home countries? What other measures can promote return migration of students and ensure a productive utilisation of their skills?
Chair : Abdelmajid Naamoun (Secrétariat d’État chargé de la Communauté Algérienne à l’Étranger)
What is the available evidence regarding brain drain and brain gain for the region? How to make sure that the education system better matches employers’ needs? What measures can help to make the most out of international mobility of skills, including in critical sectors such as health and education? What is the effectiveness of the ethical recruitment code and agreements?
Chair: Gl. Abu Bakr Al Guindi (President of the CAPMAS, Egypt)
SESSION 3. MATCHING ECONOMIC MIGRATION WITH LABOUR MARKET NEEDS
How can migrants be better matched with labour market opportunities in destination countries? What measures can be used to improve access to information on job vacancies, notably for young graduates abroad? Beyond Europe what opportunities in North America and Asia?
Chair: Khaled Louhichi (Poplas Resaerch Center of League of Arab States, Egypt)
How can return migration be used to fill labour needs in origin countries, especially in social sectors such as education and health? How can access to information on job vacancies for prospective returning migrants be improved? How best to support migrant entrepreneurs who would like to invest in their origin country? What policies can provide the necessary incentives for migrants wishing to return and render their return beneficial for themselves and their country?
Chair: Heba Nassar (Vice-President of Cairo University, Egypt)
SESSION 4. IMPROVING THE AVAILABILITY AND QUALITY OF STATISTICS
What are the main challenges associated with the collection of data on migration in the region? How can cooperation on data exchange between countries be promoted? In what ways can the data quality and transparency be improved? Challenges for developing a permanent monitoring system of migration flows and policies in the region.
Chair: Hussein A. Sayed (Professor of Statistics, Cairo University, Egypt)
SESSION 5. HOW CAN THE DIFFERENT ACTORS PROMOTE THE USE OF SKILLS FOR DEVELOPMENT?
Keynote speech by Jacques Ould Aoudia (Migration et Développement, France) on the role of different actors (destination countries, origin countries, local governments, home-town, diaspora associations, bilateral and regional cooperation, etc.) in promoting skill mobilisation and development
How can destination and origin countries, local governments, migrant associations and employers help facilitating and promoting skill mobility and use? What are the value-added and challenges associated with bilateral and multilateral agreements?
Chair: Genevieve Ah- Sue (UNFPA Arab States Regional Office)
Summary of the conference by El Mouhoub Mouhoud (Université Paris Dauphine, France)