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					                          Seminar on

National Policies on the Legal Status of Immigrants


             Maastricht (NL), 23-25 March 2008




                          Organised by the

        European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) and
                     Maastricht University (UM)
                         O.L. Vrouweplein 22
                       NL-6211 HE Maastricht
                             www.eipa.eu
                                    Seminar on
                National Policies on the Legal Status of Immigrants

                                          Organised by the
                       European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) and
                                    Maastricht University (UM)

                                 Maastricht (NL), 23-25 March 2009


                                       INTRODUCTION


Description
The seminar will address and critically analyse the situation of highly skilled workers and asylum
seekers in the context of the European Union. The position of highly skilled migrant workers will be
considered through the examination of the current legal status of migrants, with regard to mobility and
work, as well as a scrutiny of the latest legislative trends in the EU (i.e. EU Blue Card). Building on
this, the role and degree of circular migration and consequently its impact on the development of the
countries of origin will be analysed. Moreover, practical examples from the European Research Area
(e.g. vocational training, diplomas and qualifications), as well as national projects on migration funded
via the EU Integration Fund, will be presented. In dealing with asylum seekers, some history of the
attempts made to create a Common European Asylum System (CEAS) is provided, including the
preparation of an Asylum Policy Plan. The Hague Programme of 2004 – Strengthening freedom,
security and justice in the European Union – called for the establishment of the second phase of the
CEAS, during which a common procedure, a uniform status for protected persons, more practical
cooperation between Member States’ administrations and an increased support to third countries
hosting a large number of refugee populations should be achieved. The political and legal perspective
on asylum procedures will be furthermore complemented by normative considerations of the relation
between asylum and human rights. The common minimum standards for asylum, agreed so far at EU
level, leave a wide margin of discretion to the Member States as to their application, and therefore
cases of ‘good’ and ‘less good’ practices reflect the existing inequality of protection of asylum seekers
across the EU.
On the issue of the allocation of expenses, solidarity mechanisms between the Member States will be
considered in order to offer adequate support to those Member States whose system is overburdened
with many refugees and asylum seekers.

Objectives
The seminar is designed to meet the needs of policy makers and other public officials in the European
Union and its partner countries by offering them the required knowledge and skills to evaluate the
position of asylum seekers and highly skilled migrants in Europe. In particular, it will enable
participants to attain a comparative approach of the rules on high-skill migration and asylum
procedures, as well as introduce them to broader normative dimensions of the topics and practical
examples.
Methodology
The seminar will be interactive and offer a mixture of academic and practitioners’ lectures, case
studies, workshops and presentations. By conducting workshops on the third day, seminar participants
will have the opportunity to assess their national system of asylum procedures in comparison to those
of other Member States, and with regard to possible changes in the EU legislation.

Target Groups
This seminar is aimed at public officials from national, regional and local authorities of the EU
Member States, officials from EU Institutions, professionals in the private sector, law enforcement
officers, consultants, staff of NGOs, institutes and think tanks, and others working on European
migration policies.

As the number of places on the programme is limited, we kindly ask you to register before 6 March
2009.

For further information please contact:
Ms Nicolette Brouwers
Programme Organisation
European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)
Tel: +31.43.3296245
Fax: +31.43.3296296
e-mail: n.brouwers eipa.eu
                                 Seminar:
          “National Policies on the Legal Status of Immigrants”
                                        Organised by the
                       European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)
                                              and
                                 Maastricht University (UM)

                             Maastricht (NL), 23-25 March 2009



                                     PROGRAMME


MONDAY 23 MARCH 2009

09.00   Registration

09.15   Welcome
        Katerina- Marina Kyrieri, Lecturer, EIPA Maastricht (NL)

LEGAL MIGRATION: ISSUES OF MOBILITY, WORK AND EDUCATION

09.30   Mobility and Migration: Legal Status of Migrants Concerning Mobility and Work
        Hildegard Schneider, Professor, Law Faculty, Maastricht University (NL)

11.00   Group Photograph (venue: reception EIPA)

11.15   Coffee/Tea Break

11.30   The EU Blue Card for Highly Skilled Workers and Single Permit: Current State of
        Affairs and Consequences for the Member States
        Katerina Kyrieri

13.00   Lunch
ADDITIONAL IMPLEMENTATING MEASURES ON LEGAL MIGRATION

14.00   The European Research Area: Challenges and Opportunities
        Hildegard Schneider

15.30   Coffee/Tea Break

16.00   Practical Examples of MS Projects Implemented under the
        EU Integration Fund
        Nadège Monnot, European Integration Fund Coordinator, European Commission, DG for
        Justice, Freedom and Security, Brussels (BE)

17.30   Question and Answer Session

18.00   End of Today’s Programme

19.00   Social Event/Drinks (name of location to be announced)


TUESDAY 24 MARCH 2009

STATUS OF ASYLUM SEEKERS AND OTHER PERSONS PROTECTED UNDER
EC AND NATIONAL LAWS: WHAT IS THE LINK WITH HUMAN RIGHTS?

09.15   An introduction on the existing asylum system
        Hildegard Schneider

10.15   Coffee/Tea Break

10.45   Asylum Legislation and Relevant Instruments, Including the Policy Plan
        Zeta Georgiadou, European Commission, European Commission, DG JLS, Unit B2-
        Asylum, Brussels (BE)

12.15   European Refugee Protection: Practices and Policies
        Aniel Pahladsingh, Legal Officer at the Research Department of the Dutch Council of
        State and Editor Journaal Vreemdelingenrecht (Journal Aliens Law), The Hague (NL)

13.00   Lunch

ASYLUM RIGHTS APPLICATION IN PRACTICE AND IMPLICATIONS
FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

14.00   Practical Examples of the Impact of EC Law on Asylum Seekers and International
        Protection Principles
        (Good and Less Good Practices: Evaluation of Asylum Law Implementation)
        Madeline Garlick, Senior EU Affairs Officer, United Nations High Commissioner
        for Refugees, Brussels (BE)
        Aniel Pahladsingh (discussant)

15.30   Coffee/Tea break
16.00     EU Burden-Sharing on Asylum: Facts, Trends, Normative Dimensions
          Joanne van Selm, Consultant to IMES, Amsterdam (NL)

18.00     End of Today’s Programme


WEDNESDAY 25 MARCH 2009

09.30     The Relationship between Asylum and Human Rights (introductory lecture)
          Hemme Battjes, Faculty of Law, VU University of Amsterdam (NL)

WORKSHOP: CASE STUDY ON ASYLUM PROCEDURES

11.00     Coffee/Tea Break

WORKSHOP: CASE STUDY ON ASYLUM PROCEDURES

GROUP 1: Perspectives of Migrants and the Commission
GROUP 2: Perspectives of Member States and NGOs

11.30     Asylum Procedures across the EU: An Implementation Analysis in
          Cross-National Perspective
          Hemme Battjes and Hildegard Schneider

13.00     Lunch

14.00     The Plan for Legislation: Specific Proposals and Recommendations
          Hemme Battjes and Hildegard Schneider

15.30     Coffee/Tea Break

16.00     Preparing a Presentation for the Plenary

16.15     Presentations in the Plenary

17.30     Conclusions and Evaluation

18.00     Closing Session of the Seminar
                                                     REGISTRATION FORM
                                               (Please complete in CAPITAL letters.)

                                               Seminar on
                           National Policies on the Legal Status of Immigrants
                                              Maastricht (NL), 23 –25 March 2009

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The participation fee includes participation in the seminar,                                                                                 € 675
documentation, 3 lunches and beverages
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                                                                     MEALS
    Lunch Day 1 will attend will not attend
    Lunch Day 2 will attend will not attend
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     As the number of places is limited, please return the completed registration form before 6 March 2009 to:

           Ms Nicolette Brouwers, European Institute of Public Administration, P.O. Box 1229,
     NL-6201 BE Maastricht, tel.: +31.43.3296245, fax: +31.43.3296 296; e-mail: n.brouwers eipa.eu

              Your name and address will be part of EIPA’s database for our mailing purpose only.
                    Please tick  if you do not want to be included in our mailing database
                                                Seminar

                 National Policies on the Legal Status of Immigrants
                                    Maastricht, 23-25 March 2009


                                   GENERAL INFORMATION

Programme
The programme will commence on Monday 23 March at 09.00 hrs and finish on Wednesday 25
March 2009 at 18.00 hrs.

Seminar venue
The seminar will take place in the Blue Conference Room (0.18) at the European Institute of Public
Administration, O.L. Vrouweplein 22, NL-6211 HE Maastricht, tel.: +31.43.3296222, fax:
+31.43.3296296.
Working language
The seminar will be conducted in English

Fee
The participation fee is € 675 and includes documentation, 3 lunches and refreshments.
Accommodation and travel costs are at the expense of the participants or their administration.

Hotel reservations
The European Institute of Public Administration will be pleased to make reservations for you at a
hotel in Maastricht. We have made a block booking at 2 hotels in Maastricht: Hotel Beaumont****
(http://www.beaumont.nl), at a rate of € 99,77 p.p.p.n. (incl. breakfast and tourist tax), and Eden
Designhotel Maastricht**** http://www.edencityhotels.com, at a rate of € 113,27 p.p.p.n. (incl.
breakfast and tourist tax). Should you wish to make use of this possibility, please indicate the name of
the hotel and the dates of arrival and departure on the registration form. Payment is to be made
directly and personally to the hotel on checking out. Please note that if you register after the closing
date, hotel reservations cannot be guaranteed.

Meals
The lunches will be served at the Institute’s restaurant. Should you require a special menu (e.g.
vegetarian, diabetic), please inform the Programme Organiser so that this can be arranged.

Registration
Kindly complete the registration form and return it before 6 March 2009 to Ms Nicolette Brouwers,
Programme Organiser, European Institute of Public Administration, P.O. Box 1229, NL-6201 BE
Maastricht, tel.: +31.43.3296245, fax: +31.43.3296296, e-mail: n.brouwers eipa.eu. You can also
submit the online registration form which can be found on EIPA’s web site: www.eipa.eu (training).
Your name and address will be part of EIPA's database for our mailing purpose only. If you do not want
to be included in our mailing database, please tick the box in the registration form.

Confirmation
Confirmation of registration will be forwarded to participants on receipt of the completed registration
form.

Payment
Prior payment is a condition for participation. Please indicate the method of payment on the
registration form. In any case, the participant or his/her administration will receive an invoice for the
payment of the registration fee.

Cancellation policy
For administrative reasons you will be charged €150 for cancellations received within 15 days before
the activity begins. There is no charge for qualified substitute participants. EIPA reserves the right to
cancel the seminar up to 2 weeks before the starting date. EIPA accepts no responsibility for any costs
incurred (travel, hotel, etc.). For EIPA's cancellation policy, please visit our website www.eipa.eu (legal
notice)

				
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