Expert seminar “Labour migration in the Baltic Sea countries: trends and prospects”

The seminar will take a closer look at challenges posed by international migration within the context of regional migration issues. Government officials, practitioners, representatives from NGOs and researchers from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Norway and Sweden will come together to discuss questions of migration-related challenges such as East-North labour migration, labour migration from non-EU countries to the Baltic States and Poland; labour migration policies, and challenges faced by labour migrants in labour markets.

Working languages: Lithuanian and English

The registration to the expert seminar is obligatory and available via e-mail: until 22 April 2013. Only registered participants will be allowed to enter the Seimas.  The entrance to the seminar is through the Building III, Gedimino av. 53, Vilnius. Personal document (ID or passport) is necessary for the entrance.

More information in the invitation.

The program of the seminar “Labour migration in the Baltic Sea countries: trends and prospects”, April 25, Seimas, the Constitutional Hall.

09:00 Registration
09:30 Introduction to an expert seminar by Dr. Karolis Žibas
09:40 Welcome speech by Kristina Miškinienė, chairperson of the Committee on Social Affairs and Labour of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania
09:50 Welcome speech by a representative of the Nordic Council of Ministers
10:00 1st Keynote speech by Dr. Tadas Leončikas, European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions: Labour Migration and Migrant Integration in Recent EU Policy Perspective: Selected Highlights
10:20 2nd Keynote speech by Prof. Charles Woolfson, Linkoping University, REMESO Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society: Migration, Austerity and New Challenges to Labour Markets in the Baltic/Nordic Region
10:40 3rd Keynote speech by Kjell Skjaervo, Norwegian United Federation of Trade Unions: Polish and Baltic Workers in the Single Market – Access and Mobility, Vulnerability and Exploitation, Representation and Advocacy
11:00 Q/A session (moderator: Lisa Pelling, Global Challenge)
11:30 Coffee break

PANEL 1: East-North Labour Migration: Challenges and Opportunities (moderator: Lisa Pelling, Global Challenge)
12:00     Johanna Roto, NordRegio, GIS/Cartography Coordinator (topic to be confirmed)
12:15     Tuuli Stewart, Tallinn University, Institute of Political Science and Governance: A Form of Exclusion and Marginalization – Criminal Penalty. Baltics in Nordic States
12:30     Prof. Dr. Irena Juozeliūnienė, Department of Sociology, Vilnius University: Family and Migration in Lithuania: Challenges and Coping with Hardships
12:45     Dr. Donatas Burneika and Rūta Ubarevičienė, Department of Human Geography, Institute for Sociology at the Lithuanian Social Research Centre: Population Change and Migrations in Lithuania: Trends and Hidden Processes
13:00     Discussion (moderator: Lisa Pelling, Global Challenge)
13:30     Lunch
14:30     4th Keynote speech by Jan Niessen, Director of Migration Policy Group, Brussels, Belgium: Dealing with the Consequences of Labour Mobility: Integration and Citizenship
14:50     5th Keynote speech by Anna Platonova, Regional Labour Migration/Migration and Development Specialist, Regional Office for the EEA, EU and NATO, International Organization for Migration, Brussels, Belgium: The Future of Labour Immigration in the Baltic States and Poland: Labour Market Needs and Policy Dilemmas
15:10     Q/A session (moderator: András Kováts, director of Menedék – Hungarian Association for Migrants)
15:30     Coffee break

PANEL 2: Labour Migration in the Baltic States and Poland: Lessons to Learn (moderator: András Kováts, director of Menedék – Hungarian Association for Migrants)

16:00  Dace Akule, Centre for Public Policy PROVIDUS, Latvia: Labour Migration to Latvia: Policy and Reality
16:15   Dr. Kristina Kallas, Institute of Baltic Studies, Estonia: Can there be Immigration After Immigration? The Challenges of Labour Shortages in Estonia in the Context of Integration of Russian-Speaking Population
16:30  Dr. Maciej Duszczyk, Institute of Social Policy, member of the Board of the Centre of Migration Research at the University of Warsaw, Poland: Liberal Immigration Policy? Case of Ukrainian Workers on the Polish Labour Market
16:45  Vija Platačiūtė, PhD candidate at Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania: Lithuanian Labour Immigration Policy: Regulations and Outcomes
17:00  Final discussion (moderator: András Kováts, director of Menedék – Hungarian Association for Migrants)
18:00  End of the seminar

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