Cooperation on the governance of migration in Western Balkans and Central European countries

Marzia Bona di OBC interviene al seminario internazionale organizzato nell'ambito del progetto "WELCOMING – Wanting Europe as Leverage for Co-operation on the Migratory Insertion Governance” e dedicato alla gestione dei flussi migratori, coordinamento a livello locale, nazionale e regionale, così come alla condivisione di buone prassi e all'educazione interculturale

The event will be opened on World Refugee day, 20 June and will gather 27 partners from 11 countries and more than 70 international participants in Skopje, Macedonia. The Seminar is dedicated to migration management, coordination on local, national and regional level as well as good-practices sharing and intercultural education.

The concept is to present every aspect of migration management by the exchange of experience and open debate on various questions targeting the good management of local authorities and civil society organisations involved in actions on the subject of migration management. Participants will be representatives of municipalities, local associations, CSOs, and other relevant structures coming from all around Europe, but especially from Western Balkans and Central Europe. The seminar will be led by professionals in the area of humanitarian relief, cultural mediation, local governance and active citizenship.

Experts and key note speakers will be addressing 5 key areas:
- Effective migration management at local level
- Local policies managing diversity (risk mitigation, policies for integration: the role of local authorities)
- Immigration as an opportunity for local development (the role of the local stakeholders: LAs, CSOs and the private sector)
- The role of citizens: how to build intercultural dialogue and inclusive societies
- A Networking component is also proposed as part of the seminar in order to build partnerships and further cooperation on this subject.



Monday, 20th June 2016

9:00 - Registration of participants

9:30 - Official opening
Introductory remarks and opening address on behalf of:
- Representative of Ministry of Labour and Social Policy
- Representative of Ministry of Local Self-Government
- Ugo Poli, CEI Focal Point Migrations
- Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary General of ALDA

10:30 - Coffee break

11:00 - Panel I

EFFECTIVE MIGRATION MANAGEMENT AT LOCAL LEVEL (management of the emergency and reception)
- Andrea Bellardinelli, Italian Programme Coordinator EMERGENCY,Italy
- Rados Djurovic, Centar za zastitu i pomoc traziocima azila (Asylum Protection Centre), Belgrade, Serbia (t.b.c.)
- Martina Smilevska, president of Macedonian Young Lawyers association - MYLA, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
- Catherine Amelie-Chassin, University of Caen, France
- Zdeněk Ralík, Initiative pomoc pro uprchlik, Brno, Czech Republic

12:45 - Questions & answers

13:15 - Buffet Lunch

14:15 - Panel II

LOCAL POLICIES MANAGING DIVERSITY (risk mitigation, policies for integration: the role of local authorities)
- Maciej Fagasinski, Foundation, Warszawa, Poland
- Representative of Municipality of Cherbourg, France (t.b.c.)
- Representative of Municipality of Kumanovo, Republic of Macedonia (t.b.c.)
- UNICEF Skopje, Republic of Macedonia (t.b.c.)
- Representative of Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities, Belgrade, Serbia (t.b.c.)
- Representative of the city of Subotica, Serbia (t.b.c.)

15:30 - Questions & answers

16.00 - Coffee break

16:30 - Panel III

IMMIGRATION AS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR LOCAL DEVELOPMENT (the role of the local stakeholders: LAs, CSOs and the private sector): creating socially inclusive environment, promoting effective intercultural communication and integration programmes
- Agostino Zanotti, president Associazione ADL a Zavidovici onlus, Brescia, Italy
- Stefan August Lütgenau, Danube Civil Society Forum, Eisenstadt, Austria
- Nikolina Milić, Belgrade Centre for Human Rights, Serbia
- Primož Jamšek, Association for Developing Voluntary Work, Novo Mesto, Slovenia

17:30 - Questions & answers

18:00 - Conclusion & Closing remarks


Tuesday, 21st June 2016

9.00 - Panel IV

THE ROLE OF CITIZENS: what they are doing (activists), what they can do (through media, volunteering), how to build a global citizenship culture.
THE ROLE OF MEDIA (how to communicate the right to a decent life and the duty to welcome - intercultural understanding)
- Mersiha Smailovik, Legis, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
- Maciej Fagasinski, Foundation, Warszawa, Poland
- Representative of the Appel Association, Romania (t.b.c.)
- Paolo Riva, journalist Q CODE Magazine, Italy
- Marzia Bona, researcher Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso, Italy

10.30 - Coffeе break

11.00 - Thematic working groups on the topics tackled during the event
1. Emergency management and reception
2. Local policies for integration: role of local authorities
3. Immigrants as development opportunity: cooperation between local stakeholders (LAs, CSOs, private sector)
4. The role of citizens: how to build intercultural dialogue and inclusive societies.


ALDA office Skopje