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The first SIRIUS policy dialogue workshop Integration of Migrants and Refugees: a contested issue in domestic and EU politics and how to address it was held in Athens on Friday 9 November. The SIRIUS consortium in collaboration with its partners, SolidarityNow and DIKTIO, convened different stakeholders to approach migration and asylum not only from a “border management” perspective but also from an integration one.
The day was kicked off by Antigone Lyberaki of SolidarityNow and Simone Baglioni of SIRIUS. They introduced Deborah Carlos Valencia of Melissa Network, who highlighted how important it is that migration and integration policies recognise the gender dimension to address specific challenges and vulnerabilities of women. Deborah also presented how Melissa’s activities promote at both the policy and operational levels the specific needs of women refugees.
The first session featured principal investigators of SIRIUS Project, Dr Konstatinos Konstantakis of NTUA and Dr Veronica Federico of UNIFI. They provided an overview of the results of WP1 and WP2 (reports and policy brief available here). Konstantinos presented macro-economic findings concerning numbers, skills of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers and labour market needs, while Veronica provided a comparative overview of migration and labour integration law in the different SIRIUS countries. Konstantinos showed that, given the uneven economic and labour market landscapes across Europe, opportunities for the labour market integration of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers vary substantially among countries. The key takeaway is that additional efforts are required from the EU and its Member States to better coordinate respective countries’ labour needs. Veronica explored the differences among countries in relation to legislation, rights and entitlement of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in the policy-domain of labour. She emphasized that the complexity of legal frameworks, combined with hierarchy among migrants, that the legal frameworks develop, contributes to the narrowing access in SIRIUS countries.
The second panel focused specifically on Greece. Dr Maria Mexi introduced the discussion by stressing its timeliness given the EU and National elections, as migration remains the central agenda priority across the spectrum. Representatives of PES Women (The Party of European Socialists), the Municipalities of Athens and Thessaloniki, To Potami (a central and socialist-liberal political party in Greece) and DG Home of the European Commission discussed the challenges of integration of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in Greece. The speakers agreed that when it comes to migration, widespread socio-political polarisation set limitations to policymaking. Migration flows is a European issue, requiring common European policies and best practices in a wider level than the national one and certainly not retrenchment into national borders, which at the end of the day triggers populist solutions. It was highlighted that given the extent to which migration defines the debate between liberal and illiberal democracy, it is fundamental to secure that conspiracy rhetoric and nationalist cries do not set the agenda of the public discourse. Employment was highlighted as conditio sine qua non for integration alongside education, skills and qualification recognition. However, the lack of political will in the Greek context threatens the possibility of focusing on integration and instead only promotes a short-term emergency response. The necessary role of the EU to support Greece and the other “first destination” countries was identified as fundamental and the representatives all emphasised the need for a better functioning common asylum system. The EU Commission representative stated their willingness to promote inclusion also through funding tools which will move the leverage from NGOs to the local level with configuring policies. The Municipality representatives, pressed that they also have a fundamental role in addressing and implementing integration, but are often placed in an institutional vacuum. Both Athens and Thessalonki shared examples of locally-initiated plans and programs for emergency situations and integration. The key takeaways for the Greek context were that integration and inclusion should be designed based on the fact that Greece is a transit country and that services and infrastructure should be accessible to all citizens and not only migrants if we want to promote an effective integration.
The day closed with a panel of best practices of inclusion of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers into the labour market. Case studies in Germany, Northern Ireland and Spain, were presented by Dr Monika Gonser, Dr Ulrike Vieten and Federica Rosato, respectively. Research and practices conducted in for profit companies, non-profit organisations and public sector were presented by the researchers, identifying the barriers and enablers of integration. The key takeaways messages were that education and employability programs are important to support an effective integration of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers into labour markets. Moreover, it is important to develop methods to assess the skills profiles of newcomers if we want to develop a positive and long term inclusion and integration.
DIKTIO participated in the Economist Conference on the "Artificially Intelligent Healthcare Sector".
Anna Diamantopoulou, President of DIKTIO, as main speaker and Dr Evi Hadjiandreou, scientific advisor of DIKTIO, as 2 panels moderator and introdactory speaker.
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President of DIKTIO participated in the international conference "Quo Vadis Europa", organized by the University of Santander 29-31 August 2018 (UIMP).
Mrs Diamantopoulou, spoke about the challenges of the EU iin the new era: From Crises to Challenges. Towards a New Normal? - EU Crisis and its social impact; What is the future of social Europe? A sustainable digital revolution for the many, not the few.
During the conference Mrs Diamantopoulou met with the Foreign Minister of Spain and chair of the organizing committee Prof. Josep Borrell.
President of DIKTIO Anna Diamantopoulou participated in the Semminar Week of the Annual European Forum of Albach (15-21/8/2018). The Seminar Week is the academic centrepiece of the Forum. The programme comprises seminars devised and taught by internationally renowned academics and personalities. Its emphasis an open debate and its interdisciplinary atmosphere set the Seminar Week apart.
Mrs Diamantopoulou taught at the seminars on the subject of Economic Shocks. Examining several European member states and especially Greece, this seminar shed light on the political, economic and social repercussions of the Eurozone crisis and subsequent programs of domestic austerity. What impact did such an approach have on Greek society? What measures can be taken nationally and internationally in order to strengthen Greece, and thereby Europe? How have other member states been affected? The role of the former so-called “Troika” also assessed in this seminar and which policies, contracts and procedures like the “European Semester” or the “Fiscal Compact” were installed by the supranational level. Finally, future scenarios and different standpoints considered to discussed prospects for political and social cohesion within the EU.
DIKTIO had the honor of welcoming at its office Η.Ε. the South Korean Ambassador in Greece Mr. Susuk LIM. Following the DIKTIO’s delegation recent visit to technological research institutes in South Korea, Mr. LIM expressed his willingness to contribute to the further cooperation and strengthening between DIKTIO and Korean Institutes. DIKTIO’s president Ms Anna Diamantopoulou and diector Ms Marily Mexi, thanked Mr. Ambassador for his willingness and have assured that will continue the creative co-operation with Korean Institutions and Think Tanks, especially in the field of the research for the 4th Industrial Revolution.
From June 15 until June 17 take place on the island of Spetses the second Progressive Youth Academy (PYA) of Friedrich Erbert Stiftung of Athens. The participants. Young people of high academic standing, in social and political action, discussed through various kinds of dialogue the important issues of "progressive thinking" in Greece and Europe. On behalf of DIKTIO participated George Papoulias, who made a presentation on the "4th Industrial Revolution and the Future of work".
The president of DIKTIO Ms Diamantopoulou participated in the 4th annual political seminar "School of Democracy" organized by the S&D Group of the European Parliament at University of Reggio Emilia, Emilia Romagna, Italy, 6 - 8 JUNE 2018. The participants were young people with political action from all over Europe where they discussed the most important social issues. DIKTIO's president participated as a keynote speaker at workshop 2 "Fighting Inequalities through Education", due to her former status as an EU Commissioner and Minister of Education and also as the leader of "Invest of Education" European citizen campaign.
DIKTIO participated in the celebration of the 10th anniversary of FEPS foundation, represented by the Director Yannis Mastrogeorgiou. The director expressed the best wishes from DIKTIO to our significant partners for a better future.