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Final IRMA Conference, 8-9 of July 2015

DSC02446The Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) and the European University Institute (EUI) organized on Wednesday 8 July and Thursday 9 July 2015 an international conference on: “Governing Irregular Migration: States, Actors and Intermediaries”. The conference marked the completion of the IRMA project, funded by the Greek General Secretariat for Research and Technology, Action “Aristeia”.

The conference asked three questions:

  • how migrants make and change their plans and strategies for migrating despite legal restrictions at destination countries,
  • which are the actors (national, local or transnational, state or non-state) that affect their decision making and actions, and how do they do it;
  • why specific actors are more effective than state policies in shaping migrants plans and decisions.

The conference adopted a comparative and analytical perspective approaching these questions not only through comparing the three irregular migration systems on which the IRMA project has concentrated, but also on drawing comparisons with main destination countries outside Europe (notably Australia and the USA). The aim was to discuss critically how irregular migration is changing in the 21st century and the new governance and policy challenges this entails.

You can download the program here.

You can download the PowerPoint Presentations here:

Czaika Mathias: Senior Research Officer, International Migration Institute, Oxford University
Dimitriadi Angeliki: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, ELIAMEP, Athens
Gemi Eda: Research Fellow, ELIAMEP, Athens
Hendow Maegan: Research Officer, International Centre for Migration Policy Development, Vienna (ICMPD)
Jayasuriya Dinuk: Adjunct Fellow, Australian National University, Canberra
Jeandesboz Julien: Assistant Professor, University of Amsterdam
Kuschminder Katie: Post-Doctoral Researcher and Migration Studies Project Manager, Maastricht Graduate School of Governance
Leontieva Yana: Research Fellow, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague
Maroufof Michaela: Junior Research Fellow, ELIAMEP, Athens
McAuliffe Marie: Sir Roland Wilson Scholar, Australian National University, Canberra
Nikolova Marina: Junior Research Fellow, ELIAMEP, Athens
Triandafyllidou Anna: Professor, EUI & ELIAMEP
Uellen Sanda: University of Vienna and ICMPD

The Comparative Paper & the IRMA Policy Paper are available here.

The case studies are available here.

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