Detecting Document Fraud in Migration – part II

On 21 and 22 January 2020 a two-day technical seminar unde the title “Detecting Document Fraud in Migration – part II” took place, organised jointly by EMN Greece and EMN Luxembourg. The topic chosen served as a sequence to the technical seminar on the same topic organized in December 2018. Attendees of the event came from decentralized immigration services, citizenship services and the police while those attending long distance were from the Reception Centres of the islands of Northern Aegean Sea, immigration services of Northern Greece and Reception Centres of Northern Greece. Reaching out to frontliners from these services and areas of Greece has been a tremendous success of this event and it was made possible because of the provision of interpreting in Greek and English and in the provision of the streamline.

Attendance included representatives from Greece, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Sweden. A wide variety of organizations and member states considered it useful to respond to our invitation and send speakers to present their experience and exchange know how, namely Frontex, Europol, the Police of Netherlands, the Police and Border Guard of Estonia, BAMF Germany, the Greek Ministry of Interior/ Citizenship Directorate, SEF of Portugal, the Ministry of Justice of Netherlands, the University of Pireaus.

Read the agenda and a breif overview of the papers presented.

Detecting Document Fraud

The National Contact Point of Greece and Luxembourg joined forces to organise in Athens, on 5 and 6 December 2018, an experts’ meeting on Detecting Document Fraud in the EU. Participants ranged from practitioners from the decentralised Immigration Services of Greece, government experts, EMN representatives and experts in detecting document fraud from Greece, Estonia, the Netherlands and Sweden as well as representatives of EASO and Frontex. Technological decelopments and state of the art approaches and innovations were presented to participants while discussions focused on everyday challenges while working in the field.

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Statelessness Platform Retreat, Athens, 3,4 and 5 July 2018

n 2015, the Justice and Home Affairs Council mandated the Europen Migration Network to establish a platform for exchange of information and good practices on the issue of statelessness. The EMN Platform on Statelessness was established by the Steering Board of EMN on 20 May 2016 and is coordinated by the national contact point for Luxembrourg. Within its activities, the national contact points for Luxembourg and Greece, following an invitation by UNHCR, organized a thematic training seminar on the EMN Platform on Statelessness under the title Statelessness Platform Retreat that took place in Athens, on 3,4 and 5 July 2018.

Over fifty participants from EU member states, experts from government departments and civil society met in Athens in this first joint EMN NCP event, with the view to learn more, raise awareness and exchange views and ideas on all aspects of statelessness.

In the margins of the retreat, participants took a guided tour in the Acropolis Museum and enjoyed a social dinner attended also by the Minister for Migration Policy, Mr Dimitrios Vitsas, the Secretary General for Migration Policy, Mr Miltiadis Klapas, the Secretary General for Reception, Mr Andreas Gougoulis, the Asylum Service Director, Mr Markos Karavias, and the representative of UNHCR, Mr Petros Mastagkas.

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10 years ΕΜΝ (May 2018)

In 2018, to mark the occasion of its 10-year anniversary, the European Migration Network hosted its conference "Understanding Migration in the EU: past, present, future on May 15 2018 in Brussels. The anniversary conference brought together senior officials of the EU Institutions, representatives of the Permanent Representations of EU Member States, researchers, representatives of civil society organizations, as well as the members of the national contact points of the European Migration Network.

High level speakers from a diverse range of European and international organisations will share their perspective on issues such as the course of migration over the years from crisis management to future-proofed asylum and migration policies, the co-operation on migration issues as the only way forward, the building of stronger partnerships with third countries on migration, the public opinion and the citizens’ trust to the EU migration policy and the future of the European policy, the lessons learned over the past years and how this experience can shape the future of migration policy and practice.

More information about the the programme, the outcomes and photographs from the conference.

The 10-year anniversary of the EMN provided an additional opportunity for co-operation among national contact points bringing them together to produce a video of the EMN profile and a new publication entitled "Understanding Migration in the European Union Insights from the European Migration Network 2008-2018 Network 2008-2018" where, beyond the basic developments, the course of EMN is also presented as providing an objective, reliable, up-to-date and comparable role in policy making and public dialogue. During the conference the Annual Policy Report was the EMN on Migration and Asylum for the period 2017 as well as the updated version 6.0 of the EMN Glossary.

EMN Annual Conference 2014

The European Migration Network Conference 2014 on Irregular migration and return: challenges and practices was organised by the National Contact Point for Greece, within the framework of the Hellenic Presidency of the EU Council. 

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National Conference of the GR EMN NCP 2013

Photos from the 2nd National Conference of the Hellenic Contact Point of the European Migration Network which was held on December 20, 2013 at Hotel Titania, Athens. The subject of the Conference was "Immigration Flows and Reception Centers".

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National Conference of the GR EMN NCP 2012

Photos from the 1st GR EMN NCP National Conference which was held on Friday, 14th December 2012, at Titania Hotel, Athens. The aim of the Conference was to provide all the necessity information on the implementation of EU Stockholm Program, the outputs of EMN, as well as the EMN in EU level and the Work Programme for 2013.

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