WUN Migration Conference 2016

In recent years, international migration has become a central element of the global policy agenda. The second WUN Migration Conference will contribute to this international discussion by taking a multidisciplinary approach. Particularly at the EU level, migration and asylum are currently at the forefront of the policy agenda. In 2015, more than one million migrants and refugees are estimated to have arrived by sea at Europe’s southern borders. Over 3,760 migrants have lost their lives on the dangerous journey, with another 244 deaths already recorded in January 2016. The scale and speed of change in the numbers arriving have uncovered policy weaknesses in migration and asylum management systems as well as in human rights protection mechanisms. A policy crisis has resulted from serious differences between the EU member states on how to respond. The WUN Migration Conference will have EU migration and asylum policy as the focus for the plenary session. Speakers will include policy-makers from the EU institutions, academics, and representations of international organisations, labour organisations, trade unions and NGOs. Attention will be given to the various funds offered by the EU to migration and asylum policies and studies influencing hereby the research agenda of academic institutions as well.

This focus on the the Mediterranean migration crisis and EU policies is one important, element of WUN’s global priorities for migration research, there are many more which demand a global approach. The UN Development Agenda for the coming decade includes Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS), for which migration research, analysis and data will be needed. Migration research is increasingly important, for immediate policy needs and to reframe the future approach, away for a Eurocentric approach to one framed from the perspectives of the Global South. The conference will address the need for a global research agenda, by exploring current and ongoing research themes, as well as identifying the potential for WUN to contribute to reframing the future research agenda. Migrants migrate for various reasons and face particular challenges in different contexts. These themes are the focal points for the breakout sessions of the WUN migration conference. Two of the sessions will focus on the different migration phenomena: one on hidden, irregular and forced migration; and one on labour mobility. Two of the sessions focus on the challenges and consequences of migration: one on health migration; and one on transnational families. On the final day of the conference, participants will discuss the outcomes of the breakout sessions in a concluding plenary session. The overall aim of this plenary session is to uncover potential linkages between policy and research on migration.

This event is part of the WUN Conference & AGM 2016

Read: Researchers to look at effects of migration policies


Confirmed guest speakers include:

  • Gervais Appave, Special Policy Advisor to the Director General, International Organization for Migration (IOM)

  • Peter Bosch, Directorate-General Migration and Home Affairs, European Commission

  • Martijn Pluim, Director of the Eastern Dimension, International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD)


View the conference program.

View speaker biographies and abstracts.


View the presentation by Mr Lieven Brouwers, Directorate-General Migration & Home Affairs, European Commission.

Conference Delegate Guide

View the WUN Conference Delegate Guide.


Registration has now closed. 


Statenzaal, Faculty of Law 

Lenculenstraat 26

Maastricht University


Special delegate rates have been negotiated at a number of hotels in Maastricht. These official conference hotels can be booked through the online registration form. Student guides will be based in the lobby of official conference hotels throughout the conference to provide advice and assistance; and for events that require bus transport, buses will only pick up from official conference hotels. 

Getting there and away 

Delegates can book airport transfers from Düsseldorf (DUS) or Brussels (BRU) at a cost of €30 each way, or Amsterdam (AMS) at a cost of €50 each way.

Delegates who have already booked airport transfers from Brussels Airport but wish to cancel or change their transfer to Dusseldorf Airport or Amsterdam Schiphol Airport should email transportation@jacobsbus.com

Delegates arriving through Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) might also consider taking a train to Maastricht. Trains depart from the airport terminal every 30 minutes. Delegates must change trains (briefly) in Utrecht. The train journey takes approximately 2.5 hours. For more information visit Dutch Rail.

Visiting Maastricht

Maastricht is a charming Dutch town with a rich history, engaging culture and delightful cuisine. You may choose to extend your stay in Maastricht following the conference. To learn more about Maastricht go to Visit Maastricht.

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