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Global Forum on Migration & Development (GFMD) – Athens 2009

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As a new forms of international and transnational mobility develop, a lot of attention is focused on the benefits and opportunities presented by circular migration. What are the benefits and challenges of circular migration petterns for development? And how is it different to other forms of temporary migration?

The Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) 2009 will be held in Athens, Greece on 2nd and 3rd November 2009.

Sunday, November 1st, 2009
-Arrival: Hotel Welcoming Team Onassis Foundation
LOBBY, Westin – Astir Palace
LOBBY, Arion – Astir Palace
-5:00pm-8:00pm Registration
-8:00pm-9.30pm Welcome Reception-Cocktail

Monday, November 2nd, 2009
-9:00am-11.00am OPENING CEREMONY
Welcome: (TBC)
Anthony S. Papadimitriou (President of the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation)
Vicky Garchitorena (President of the Ayala Foundation)
Peter Sutherland (UN Special Representative for International Migration and Development)
Demetrios G. Papademetriou (President of the Migration Policy Institute)
Costa Gavras (Chairperson of the Civil Society Days)
H.E. the President of the Hellenic Republic Dr. Karolos Papoulias
Mr. Jim Clifton (Chairman & CEO of Gallup Inc.)
Ms. Neli Esipova (Director of Research for Global Migration
& Regional Director for Gallup World Poll)
“At the Starting Line” by Marianna Moschou
(Secretary of the Board of the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation)

-11:-11:30am-1.00pm ROUNDTABLE
Session 1.1 Mainstreaming migration in development planning-Key actors, key strategies, key actions.
Session 1.2 Engaging diasporas and migrants in development policies and programs-Their role? Their constraints?
Session 1.3 Addressing the root causes of migration through development, specifically in light of the current global economic crisis.

-2:45pm-4:15pm ROUNDTABLE 2: “Migrant integration, reintegration and circulation for development”
-4:45pm-5:45pm PLENARY

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

-9:30am-11:00am ROUNDTABLE 3: “Policy and Institutional Coherence and Partnerships”
-11:30am-1:00pm ROUNDTABLE 4
-3:00pm-4:30pm PLENARY
-4:30pm-6:00pm Civil Society and Government Interface Sessions
-CLOSING PLENARY (structure to be confirmed)

For more details download the programme here: Programme

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