Managing Migration

Solutions beyond the Nation State

This conference is unique as it intends to focus on evidence-based yet pragmatic solutions beyond the nation-state.

Siracusa, 18-19 April 2016

Speakers include: Peter Sutherland, Chaloka Beyani, Lucrezia Reichlin, Erik Berglöf, Giancarlo Garozzo, Nicola De Felice, Jeromin Zettelmeyer, Piroska M. Nagy, Alan Manning, Ambassador Beate Grzeski, Pam Delargy. A full list of speakers is available in the Conference Programme.

The history of humanity is a history of migration - yet it also constitutes a policy domain that frequently stirs strong emotions and controversies. It is a policy area where economic, political, humanitarian, cultural and legal points of view often clash with particular force. The refugee crisis in Europe has brought to the fore more forcefully some long-standing issues in this area and also the role of regional approaches and burden-sharing. Multiple academic disciplines are necessary to understand the full complexity of the issues around migration and a systemic approach is needed to craft solutions. At the same time the public debate must move away from abstract propositions towards a more evidence-based global migration agenda grounded in real experience.

This conference is unique as it intends to focus on evidence-based yet pragmatic solutions beyond the nation-state. After a morning immersion session into the concrete example on how Sicily, the venue  of the conference, has managed very large refugee flows, the conference will explore solutions at the level of nation state and beyond: globally, providing building blocks for supra-national solutions such as an UN-centred, ‘opportunity-based’ migration architecture; regionally, where migration management issues are often most pronounced; and locally, to investigate the dynamics of opportunity at play in specific social contexts and border practices by local government, NGOs, the broader civil society as well as the private sector. 

The conference will bring together academics, policymakers and NGOs with ultimate aim of developing concrete solutions to the migration challenges facing Europe.  It will draw on a wide range of disciplines, from economics and international relations to sociology and anthropology. The programme will use extensively the Alliance of Leading Universities on Migration (ALUM) network for academic presentations and participation.

The conference’s ambition is to put together a package of policy options – an “action plan” - drawing on a multitude of academic disciplines and broad policy experience to inform decision-makers as well as to generate further research.


Diego Ubfal, Bocconi University – Does Information Changes Attitudes Towards Immigrants? Experimental evidence

PL de Silva and Mohamed Hawas, Institute for Strategic Studies and Democracy, Malta – Migration and its Regional Impact: Looking for Solutions in Libya

Eiko Thielemann, LSE – Models for allocating refugees and migrants within EU

Bergljot Bjørnson Barkbu, IMF Deputy Resident representative to the EU, European refugee crisis – Economic Challenges and Policy Options

Manjula Luthria, World Bank – National-level resistance to migration and role of subnational action

Nina Hall, Hertie School – Global governance of migration/refugees

Oded Stark, University of Bonn – Social preferences and migration

Myria Georgiou, LSE – A communication matrix: Networks of organization support and solidarity at Europe's borderland