Belgrade, February 27 – 28, 2007,  Sava Centre, Hall 3/0

Day 1 – Tuesday, February 27

9:00 – 9:30 Registration of participants

9:30 – 10:00 Introductory remarks

Miodrag Shrestha, Executive Director, Group 484

Aleksandar Čotrić, State Secretary in the Ministry for Diaspora of the Government of the Republic of Serbia

Goran Svilanović, Chairman of Working Table I of the Stability Pact for South East Europe

10:00 -10:15

Dimensions and Dynamics of Migration Flows around the World, Martin Baldwin Edwards, Co-Director, Mediterranean Migration Observatory, Panteion University, Athens

10:15 -10:30

Migration issues from the Perspective of the Council of Europe, Mr Andrej Zernovski, MP, Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Strasbourg

10:30 -10:45

The Movement of Asylum Seekers and Refugees between the European Union and Southeastern Europe, Ms Patricia Coelho, Senior Policy Officer, European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE), London

10:45 – 11:30 Discussion and questions

11:30 -12:00 Break

12:00 – 12:15

External Dimensions of EU policy regarding Migration issues (Externalization), Claire Rodier, President of NGO Migreurope, Paris

12:15 – 12:30

Mobility of the highly skilled from South East Europe. Beyond the ‘brain drain’ -‘brain gain’ debate ?, Mirjana Morokvasic- Müller, Research Director at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris and professor at the Université Paris X.

12:30 – 12:45

Migration in Serbia – Opportunity for new development, Jasminka Oliverić, Advisor to the Commissioner for Refugees of the Republic of Serbia and the Serbian Government Representative to the Global Forum for Migration and Development*

12:45 -13:30 Discussions and questions

13:30 -14:30 Lunch

14:30 -14:45

Migration flows in the Republic of Croatia, Saša Božić, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Zadar

14:45 -15:00

Migration flows in BiH, Draško Marinković, Assistant Professor, Population Geography – Demography, University of Banja Luka

15:00 -15:15

Migration flows in the Republic of Serbia (including Kosovo and Metohija) and the Republic of Montenegro, Vladimir Petronijević, Legal Analyst and Group 484 Programme Coordinator

15:15-16:00 Discussion

The end of the first Conference day

Day 2 – Wednesday, February 28


09:00 -09:30 Gathering of participants


Migration flows in the Republic of Romania, Sebastian Lazaroiu, Associate Professor, National School for Political and Administrative Studies – SNSPA Managing Director, Centre for Urban and Regional Sociology – CURS SA

09:45 -10:00

Migration flows in the Republic of Bulgaria, Anna Krasteva, Associate Professor, Director, Dept. of Political Sciences, CERMES (Centre for Refugees, Migration and Ethnic Studies), New Bulgarian University, Sofia

10:00 -10:15

Migration flows in the Republic of Macedonia, Ivan Bimbilovski, Senior Analyst, Centre for Research and Policy Making (CRPM), Skopje

10:15 -11:00 Discussion

11:00- 11:30 Break

11:30 -13:30 Breakout Sessions in Working Groups

Working groups [1]

  • Migrants in a globalise labour      market (economic migration), chairman prof. Vladimir Grečić, Institute      for International Politics and Economy
  • Diversity      and cohesion:      Migrants in the society and laws and human rights, question of refugees in      the area of ex –SFRY, asylum seekers, migrant smuggling and human      trafficking, chairman Mr Miodrag Shrestha, Executive Director, Group      484

13:30 -14:30 Lunch

14:30 -15:00 Presentation of Working Group conclusions

15:00-15:45 Discussion

The end of the Conference


[1] Group 484 invites all participants who are interested in IDP issues to participate in the UNHCR IDP Working Group which will be organized on 28 February 2007 in Sava Center, Hall 5/1, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ms Anika Krstić, Secretary General, Serbian Refugee Council, will present conclusions and recommendations from the IDP Working Group to all ‘Migration Flows in Southeast Europe’ Conference participants at the ‘Presentation of Working Group conclusions’ at 14:30.


Balkan Trust for Democracy

Comité Catholique Contre la Faim et Pour le Développement

Group 484