EPPC 2011 - Migration in Europe: Challenges and Opportunities

April 29, 2011


After two successful editions, the third European Public Policy Conference (EPPC) took place at CEU on 18-19 April, 2011, under the title “Migration in Europe: Challenges and Opportunities.”

Bringing together students from some of the world’s leading public policy schools, the EPPC provides an interactive platform for challenging debates and valuable networking between political leaders, scholars and students. This year students from three institutions, the London School of Economics (LSE), the Sciences Po (Paris), and the Hertie School of Governance (Berlin) organized the Budapest edition. Other institutions participating in the conference were the hosting institution, Central European University, the National University of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (Singapore) and the Columbia University School of International Public Affairs (New York).

High-profile speakers and a large audience marked the significance of the conference’s main theme- the policy challenges and opportunities of migration in Europe, in the current European migration debate.  Participants of the conference discussed the risks involved in cross-border mobility, but also how both sending and receiving countries, as well as migrants themselves, may mutually benefit from migration.

The fruitful discussions led to a number of lessons for some of the central questions of the current migration policy debate, including specific challenges of labor migration, refugees and asylum seekers, human trafficking, identity, integration and diversity.