Final Conference

Shared Challenges in the European Union and the United States: Emerging From the Crises

15 June 2011


European Commission

Lord Jenkins Room, Charlemagne Building

170 Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat, Brussels




The United States, the European Union, and EU Member States face some similar challenges and opportunities in the field of human mobility and migration, despite the differences between them. As they deal with shifting economic, demographic, and geopolitical circumstances and priorities, not to mention the legacy of a deep recession and a rapidly changing neighbourhood, policymakers on both sides of the Atlantic must ensure that their immigration systems are resilient, flexible, and responsive.

This conference, hosted by the European University Institute (EUI) and the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) will bring together policymakers, analysts, and members of civil society from both sides of the Atlantic to discuss what the European Union and United States can learn from each other as they reform and adjust their immigration systems, and how they can cooperate more effectively on
migration issues.

The discussion address the future direction for EU and US immigration policies, drawing on the outcomes of research conducted by EUI and MPI as part of the European project “Improving EU and US Immigration Systems’ Capacity for Responding to Global Challenges: Learning from experiences”, funded by the European Union. The project has produced a series of research papers and policy briefs that analyze shared challenges on either side of the Atlantic, from demographic change, competitiveness, and immigrant integration, to border security, development, and cooperation with sending countries. 

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