Lecture by Professor Dr Rainer Muenz, Advisor on Migration and Demography, note Migration and Diversity- Europe: "flooded" by immigrants? Myths and realities

26 Jan 2018 12:00
26 Jan 2018 14:00

Venue: Insitute for European Studies, Pleinlaan 5, 1050 Ixelles, floor -1, room Rome & Lisbon

Large numbers of irregular migrants and refugees have arrived at Europe's Southern shores during the last years. And many of them have managed to move on to North-Western Europe. This has not just put the focus on a relatively small segment of total immigration, but at the same time caused a backlash against immigration in general, first fuelled by populist parties, media and platforms, but then taken over by mainstream parties.


Prof. Dr Rainer Muenz, Advisor on Migration and Demography, note Migration and Diversity

Comments by:

  • Sandra Pratt, former principal administrator European Commission
  • Florian Trauner Institute for European Studies VUB
  • Moderator Richard Lewis Institute for European Studies VUB

The lecture has a focus on Europe. It analyses regular and irregular migration as well as refugee flows to Europe. It discusses their public perception; and the lecture gives an overview on recent development in European migration policy.

About the speaker

Rainer Münz, Advisor on Migration and Demography, note Migration and Diversity. Prior to joining the EPSC as special adviser on Migration and Demography, Rainer Münz was Head of Research and Development at Erste Group, a Central European retail bank headquartered in Vienna. He also worked as Senior Fellow at the European think tank Bruegel (Brussels), the Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI) and at the Migration Policy Institute (MPI, Washington DC).

Until 2004, Rainer Münz had an academic career as researcher at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, 1980-1992 and at the Department of Mathematics of Finance/ TU Vienna, 2002-2004 as well as university professor at Humboldt University, Berlin (1992-2002). He also was visiting professor at the Universities of Bamberg, UC Berkeley, Frankfurt, HU Jerusalem, Klagenfurt, St. Gallen, Vienna and Zurich. He currently teaches at the Central European University (CEU), Budapest.

In 2000-01 Rainer Münz was member of the German commission on immigration reform (Suessmuth commission). Between 2008 and 2010 he was Member of the high level “Reflection Group Horizon 2020-2030” of the European Council (Gonzales commission). Currently he is one of the chairs of KNOMAD, the World Bank’s Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development and chair of IOM's Migration Advisory Board.

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