Second capacity building workshop “Forecasting and new technologies in migration and asylum governance: state of play and new developments” 7 and 8 November 2023 – Luxembourg

This will be the second capacity building workshop organised by EMN Luxembourg to bring together representatives of international organisations, EU agencies, Member States, and academia to provide opportunities for exchanges and discussions on the current state of forecasting models in migration, present any ongoing projects or initiatives related to use of technologies in migration and asylum governance.

The event will take place in person only and it is foreseen for practitioners, experts and EMN NCPs. 

Practical information:

 (DRAFT) Agenda of the first day, November 7, 2023 

9.00 – 9.30

Registration, welcome coffee

9.30 – 9.35


Prof. Birte Nienaber, Coordinator of the EMN Luxembourg

9.35 – 9.45


University of Luxembourg (TBC)


9.45 – 13.00

Panel 1:

Moderator: Adolfo Sommarribas, Senior Legal Migration expert of EMN Luxembourg and Senior Legal advisor of the University of Luxembourg

9.45 – 10.05

Biometrics for the future of travel, FRONTEX (TBC)

10.05 – 10.25

Constantinos Melachrinos, Senior Analyst – Team Leader, Situational Awareness Unit, EUAA 

10.25 – 10.45

The Council of Europe, Artificial Intelligence and human rights (TBC)

10.45 – 11.05

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) confirmed

11.05 – 11.25


11.25 – 11.40

Coffee Break


11.40 – 13.15

Panel 2:


11.40 – 12.00

French experience regarding forecasting models on asylum

Guillaume Mordant, Head of the Studies and Statistics Service, Directorate-General for Foreign Nationals in France, Ministry of the Interior

12.00 – 12.20

Frans Alkemad, Ministry of Justice and Security, the Netherlands

12.20 – 12.40

Minda Elisabeth Musk, Head of Section for Statistics and Analysis, Norwegian Directorate of Immigration

12.40 – 13.00

Derek Groen, Lecturer in Simulation and Modelling, Brunel University London, PhD in Computational Astrophysics

13.00 – 13.15

Questions & Answers


13.15 – 14.30



14.30 – 16.00

Panel 3:

Moderator: Zane Rozenberga, EMN Luxembourg

14.30 – 14.50

Haithem Afli, IT FLOWS project, EU MigraTool, Munster Technological University

14.50 – 15.10

Evangelos Sakkopoulos and Sakis Sotiropoulos, University of Piraeus

15.10 – 15.30

R2G – Refugees to Government: A Data-Driven Approach to Understanding and Addressing Refugee Needs

Kilian Sprenkamp, Digital Society Initiative, University of Zurich

15.30 – 15.50

Search-and-rescue in the Central Mediterranean Route does not induce migration: Predictive modeling to answer causal queries in migration

Dr. Alejandra Rodríguez Sánchez, postdoctoral researcher, University of Potsdam, Germany

15:50 – 16:00

Questions and answers

16:00 – 16:10

Closing remarks

Social event / dinner in the evening of November 7, 2023.

On Wednesday, 8 November 2023 we are planning to organise a visit to the ULHPC Data Center on the Belval Campus of the University of Luxembourg. More information on this visit and the logistics will be provided in a due course. In total we will host three visits in three groups, each visit will last around 40 minutes. At the end of all the visits lunch will be provided on the Belval Campus of the University of Luxembourg.

Please be aware, the places for the visit to the Data Center will be limited (3 visits, 8 persons per visit).

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