International migration policies and data

Programme of the EU-OECD Dialogue on International Migration and Mobility: Matching Economic Migration with Labour Market Needs








Conference organised by the OECD and
the European Commission (DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion)

Hotel Bloom, Rue Royale 250, 1210 Brussels

24-25 February 2014




Monday, 24 February 2014

9.00-9.30  Welcome speeches

Michel Servoz (Director General, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission)

Yves Leterme (Deputy Secretary-General, OECD)


9.30-10.15  Keynote speech on demographic trends, labour market needs and migration

François Héran (Director of Research at the National Institute for Demographic Studies - INED, France)


10.45-11.45 SESSION 1. Migrants’ skills use and return

Chair: Francis Cissna (United States Department of Homeland Security, Chair of the OECD Working Party on Migration)

            • Arthur Sweetman (McMaster University, Canada) -- The international portability of migrant human capital: Canadian experiences


Parallel Session 1: Fostering mobility of workers

Chair: L. Aujean (DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission)

            • Patrick Puhani (University of Hannover, Germany) -- Migration as an adjustment mechanism in the crisis? A comparison of Europe and the United States
            • Abigail Wozniak (University of Notre Dame, United States) -- Internal mobility in the United States: trends and experiences
            • Jackie Morin (DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission) -- Supporting mobility within the EU


Parallel Session 2: Activating migrants’ skills

  Chair: T. Liebig (OECD)

            • Bernd Hemingway (Regional Director for the European Economic Area, IOM) -- Recognition of qualifications and competences of migrants
            • Lena Schröder and Susan Niknami (Swedish Institute of Social Research at Stockholm University, Sweden) -- Using bridging education to make better use of migrants skills
            • Çağlar Özden (World Bank) -- Career paths of migrants in destination labour markets


Parallel Session 3: Improving language proficiency

Chair: T. Huddleston (OECD)

            • Carola Cichos (Head of Division for Integration courses and language training, Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, Germany) -- Effective language courses for immigrants: experiences from Germany
            • Vladimir (Ze'ev) Khanin (Chief Scientist, Israeli Ministry of Immigrant Absorption, Israel) -- Language studies and professional status of immigrants: the case of Israel
            • Philia Thalgott (Head of Section, Language Policy Unit, Council of Europe) -- The linguistic integration of adult migrants: principles and practice 


14.30-15.00  Summary of the parallel sessions by the chairs


15.00-16.15  SESSION 2. Demographic trends, labour needs and migration

Chair: Marie-Hélène Amiel (Ministère de l’intérieur, France)

            • Jörg Peschner (DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission) -- The EU's growth potential vis-à-vis a shrinking workforce
            • Pascaline Descy (Head of research and policy analysis, European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, CEDEFOP) -- Labour shortages and skill imbalances in the EU: Policy challenges based on simulations of Cedefop’s skills forecasting model
            • Maia Welbourne (Senior Director, Strategic Policy and Planning, Citizenship and Immigration Canada) -- Demography, human capital and labour market : the experience of Canada in managing labour migration


16.45-18.00  Round table discussion: Identifying and tackling labour shortages: which implications for labour migration?

Chair : Georg Fischer (DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission)

            • Burt Barnow (Amsterdam Professor of Public Service, George Washington University, United States)
            • Elizabeth Hoffman (Regional Director, Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Australia)
            • Tim Harrison (Senior Economist and Head of Secretariat, Migration Advisory Committee, United Kingdom)
            • Hans-Dietrich von Loeffelholz (Chief Economist, German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, Germany)


Tuesday, 25 February 2014


9.00-10.15   SESSION 3. Selecting and recruiting migrant workers

Chair: Magdalena Sweklej (Director, Labour Market Department, Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, Poland)

            • Jan Saver (DG Home Affairs, European Commission) -- Labour migration policies in the EU
            • Georges Lemaitre (Senior analyst, formerly OECD) -- Recruiting and retaining labour migrants: some new directions
            • Christine Hyndman (Manager for immigration policy, Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment, New Zealand)


10.45-12.00  Round table discussion : engaging with social partners

Chair: Jean-Paul Tricart (DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, Social Dialogue Unit, European Commission)

            • Maxime Cerruti (Director of social affairs, Business Europe)
            • Luca Visentini (Confederal Secretary in charge of migration, European Trade Union Confederation, ETUC)
            • Michelle Leighton (Head of Migrant Unit, ILO)
            • Lynn Shotwell (Society for Human Resource Management)


12.00-13.15  High-level round table discussion : Making reform happen

Chair : Stefano Scarpetta (Director for Employment Labour and Social affairs, OECD)

            • Aart De Geus (Chairman, Bertelsmann Stiftung)
            • Daniela Bobeva (Deputy prime minister for Economic Development, Bulgaria)
            • Ambassador Eva Åkerman-Börje (Chair of the Global Forum for Migration and Development – GFMD, Sweden)
            • Demetrios G. Papademetriou (President, Migration Policy Institute, United States)
            • Diane Schmitt (DG Home Affairs, Unit Immigration and Integration, European Commission)



 Georg Fischer (DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission)



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