Welfare States and Migration: How will the pandemic reshape a complex relationship Webcast, Nov 18

9:30-11:30am ET


Grete Brochmann, Professor, Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo

Demetrios G. Papademetriou, President Emeritus and Distinguished Transatlantic Fellow, Migration Policy Institute (MPI); founder, MPI Europe

Jacopo Mazza, Scientific Officer, Knowledge Centre on Migration and Demography, Joint Research Centre, European Commission

Liam Patuzzi, Policy Analyst, MPI Europe

Martin Ruhs, Chair in Migration Studies, Deputy Director of the Migration Policy Centre, European University Institute

Natalia Banulescu-Bogdan, Associate Director, International Programme, MPI


Meghan Benton, Director of Research, MPI International Programme and MPI Europe

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Europe was facing a set of interlocking challenges—a rise in spontaneous migration, an ageing population, and a changing labour market—all of which put pressure on public finances. The public-health crisis has further exacerbated the situation, imposing huge costs on governments as they scramble to safeguard employment and protect vulnerable groups, including migrants disproportionately affected by job losses. Will this ‘perfect storm’ rock the foundations of European welfare systems in the long term, and how? Will welfare states manage to adapt, and if so, what are the most promising innovations? How can governments close gaps in the social safety net, while laying the groundwork for economic recovery and long-term sustainability?

Join MPI Europe for a two-part event examining these important questions. In the first session, veteran migration thinkers Demetrios G. Papademetriou and Grete Brochmann will reflect on the implications of this current moment for European economies and societies, and the role of immigration. The second session will highlight research from the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre on the fiscal and demographic impacts of migration. Speakers will explore the pandemic’s particular effects on migrants and refugees, gaps in the social safety net, the role immigrant integration policy can play in maximising the benefits of migration, and smart ideas that governments are implementing to ensure immigration is an economic and demographic asset for the future.

Register at: http://my.migrationpolicy.org/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=89696

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