The follow up of the 2009 Stockholm Programme on Migration Governance; the Need for further Steps


9-10 December 2013, Ministry of Security and Justice



In 2009 the Stockholm Programme was adopted. The Stockholm Programme set out the European Union’s priorities for the area of justice, freedom and security for the period 2010-14. Building on the achievements of its predecessors, the Tampere and Hague programmes, it aimed at meeting future challenges and further strengthen the area of justice, freedom and security with actions focusing on the interests and needs of citizens. It was accompanied by an Action Plan. During 2014 the various stakeholders will meet to discuss a possible follow-up programme for the period 2015-2019.



On Monday-Tuesday 9-10 December 2013, the Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice plans to organize a two-day seminar in The Hague (The Netherlands) with policy makers and academia to discuss and share research results and policy challenges relating to the Stockholm migration chapters. The purpose is to build bridges between academia and policy makers to provide useful input for the Stockholm follow-up programme.


Researchers/academia involved

Researchers/academia are invited to present views, research results and newly written papers. Persons about to finish their phd, or persons that have finished their phd not too long ago are welcome. Those active in the field of law, and above all in sociology, social demography, demography, history, anthropology, economy, governance etc. etc. are most welcome.



The seminar shall focus on the migration and asylum related aspects of the Stockholm Programme, such as (but not exclusively) Trafficking, External dimension, Effective border control, Visa policy, Readmission Agreements, Migration and development (synergy; the comprehensive partnership with the countries of origin and of transit), Full excercise of the right to free movement (EU citizens; Long-term residents); Control of illegal immigration; Ensuring that illegal immigrants return to their countries of origin or to a country of transit; Asylum, The construction of a Europe of asylum.  Also institutional aspects (role Council, Commission, EP, EASO in migration governance) as well as decision-making, reporting and such like will be scheduled.


Submission Proposals

We invite contributions – proposals for presentation of concluded research and/or forthcoming research (papers)/reviews/synthesis studies – within the conference theme and subjects (above). Contributions should be submitted to in the form of two pages A4 (short description; synopsis, valorization). In October all will informed as to who will be invited to attend and present. We will then also be able to provide a more definitive programme.


Context Seminar

The Netherlands Government has recently embarked on building bridges between academia and policy makers in the area of migration and asylum and has hitherto organized three ground-breaking seminars both on supply and demand basis with the attendance of 70-80 participants each. This resulted in an increase of working contacts and awareness of the valorization aspects of research.


The December 2013 seminar (with up to 120 participants, with a majority of academia) will be organized on a basis similar to the three national seminars that took place 2012/2013: presentations/research results will be presented in a booklet; in small groups (10-15 participants) academics and policy makers will discuss on the basis of the policy challenges and available research; Chatham rules apply.



On Monday afternoon (December 9th), starting at 1300hrs, the program will be supply-driven, i.e. based on concluded or ongoing research. Academics will give presentations.


Monday evening all are invited to a conference dinner (with a key note by the Netherlands DG for asylum and migration).


On Tuesday morning (December 10th) we will start with an opening by the Dutch State Secretary responsible for migration, which will be followed by a panel with leading experts from various think tanks, followed by demand-driven workshops (based on questions and proposals submitted by government policy makers).


On Tuesday early afternoon some conclusions will be formulated -Summary of the Chair- and shared with the civil servants involved and academics alike.


The Conference will be closed in time for the participants to catch an early evening plane or train back home.



Michel Bravo, Head of Strategy unit of the Migration Policy Department of the ministry of Security and Justice of The Netherlands


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