Migration and Conflict in Europe and the Middle East - PRIO Cyprus Centre Annual Conference

co-organised by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

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Time: Fri 14 (10:00) - Sat 15 (15:00) October 2016
Place: Chateau Status, Nicosia, Cyprus

​​Friday 14 and Saturday 15 October 2016 - Chateau Status, Nicosia 

Please note:

Pre-registration is obligatory to office@fescyprus.org by Wednesday 12.10.16

​Specify if you will attend the lunches offered ​

The escalation of the crisis in Syria has rendered Cyprus' position as a relatively peaceful European Union outpost in the region immensely significant. The conference uses this location to inquire into the challenges faced in the current situation by countries and societies in Europe and the Middle East in terms of conflict dynamics. The conference will consider the various conflict dynamics that spur migration and are fueled by it in the Middle East, the effects of recent migration dynamics in European societies; and the institutional responses to migration. Considering whether and how migration becomes a conflict catalyst within Europe, the conference is divided in to three panels.

In the first panel, the making of the recent migration crisis will be unpacked, by scholars who have been closely observing local dynamics in countries of origin and dynamics developing in countries along the migration routes. The second panel will continue this analysis, focusing more on European responses in destination countries who have had long histories of integration policy. The third panel will present perspectives of experts involved with policy at major institutions analyzing and responding to migration. 

 On 15 October, a separate workshop will explore the relevance of Cyprus, hitherto less affected by these dynamics vis-à-vis other European countries and its neighbours, to the current situation and in the future. 


Friday 14 October


10:00 - 10:30       Registration

10:30 - 11:00       Welcome and Introduction

Harry Tzimitras                     PRIO Cyprus Centre

Hubert Faustmann              Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

Olga Demetriou                   PRIO Cyprus Centre

11:00 - 12:30       Panel 1: The making of the refugee crisis

Tamirace Fakhoury              Lebanese American University

Lebanon's coping mechanism with Syria's forced displacements: implications for

the region and beyond

Alexandra Zavos                 Panteion University

The 'refugee crisis' in context: a view from Greece

Regina Mantanika                European University Institute

Greece in the wake of the EU-Turkey deal: shifting from transit to containment

12:30 – 13:30      Lunch Break

13:30 - 15:00       Panel 2: European responses and integration policy

Peo Hansen                           Linköping University

EU Migration Crises in Times of Fiscal Austerity

Gabriella Lazaridis                University of Leicester

The current refugee/migration crisis: a brief outline of challenges and responses

Giovanna Campani               University of Florence

Building Fortress Europe and the externalization of the border. The cases of Tunisia and Morocco

15:00 – 15:30      Coffee break

15:30 - 17:00       Panel 3: The role of institutions

Thilo Schoene                       Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Berlin

Migration and Integration in Germany

Despina Syrri                        UNICEF Refugee Response Greece

Education challenges for refugee children in Greece

Emilia Strovolidou               UNHCR Representation in Cyprus

Refugee protection in the context of global migration

Conny Lenneberg                World Vision International

Half-hearted Humanitarianism

Saturday 15 October

10:00 - 10:30       Registration

10:30 – 12:00      Panel 1 Policy and activism on migration

Corina Drousiotou               Future Worlds Centre

Oncel Polili                            Turkish Cypriot Human Rights Foundation

Doros Polycarpou                KISA

Sila Tufekci

12:00 – 12:30      Coffee break

12:30 – 14:00      Panel 2 Experiences of migration

Adi Atassi

Obreras Empowered

14:00 - 15:30       Lunch and networking


End of conference