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People on the move - Back and forth and back again?

2017 Dialogue forums

People today are constantly on the move. Whether in industrialised countries or developing countries, we are all mobile as never before, only under very different circumstances. Around 65 million people worldwide are currently on the move - the highest number ever recorded by the UN Refugee Council. Only a small percentage of them leave their home countries. Of these, roughly 85% stay in neighbouring countries, a small proportion comes to Europe. Nevertheless, in 2015, almost one million people arrived in Germany alone. Migration is the central political and social challenge of the 21st century.

The 2017 dialogue forums will be hosted by Munich Re Foundation in cooperation with the Institute for Social and Development Studies of Munich's University of Philosophy (IGP).

We regret that advance registrations by e-mail or telephone are not possible. We will not keep special allocations for certain groups, as we want to give all visitors the same opportunity to take part. Because of the strong demand, only registered guests can attend the various evenings.  

26 January 2017
Migration - last resort or strategy?

International migratory movements have always taken place. However, the dynamics of today's migration are new. The number of migrants is currently growing at a faster rate than the world's population. Why are more and more people leaving their home countries? The global equilibrium between the living spaces appears to be out of balance. Cities, but also specific regions such as Europe and the USA, are magnets. What makes them so attractive and what role does the search for work for a fair wage play?
Nizaqete Bislimi
Lawyer for immigration and asylum law, chair of the Federal Association of Roma
Kilian Kleinschmidt
Author, former Senior Field Coordinator of the UNHCR Zaatari refugee camp
Dr. Reiner Klingholz
Chair of the Berlin Institute for Population and Development
Sophia Wirsching
Migration and development consultant in the Human Rights and Peace Department of Bread for the World

Prof. Johannes Wallacher, Institute for Social and Development Studies (IGP)

16 February 2017
Migration policy - from freedom of movement to the limits of humanity

The small word "migration" has unleashed huge controversial debates: on asylum, emigrant policies, immigration regulation and more. In Europe, immigration is supposed to be controlled by the Dublin system. How many new citizens do we need? The consensus on common targets is unravelling, routine border controls are back again. Where do the borders of national immigration regulation end and where does the power game with the refugees begin?

Prof. Petra Bendel
Academic Director of the Zentralinsititut für Regionenforschung (Central Institute for Regional Research), Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg 
Matthias Oel
Director "Migration and Security funds" in DG Migration and Home Affairs, European Commission 
Ursula Gräfin Praschma
Head of Unit, Asylum and Migration, Federal Office for Migration and Refugees
Michael Schöpf, Institute for Social and Development Studies (IGP) 

1 March 2017
Environmental and climate change - when homes are lost forever

Climigration is taking place today! Across the world, more people are being driven from their homes by extreme weather phenomena than by violence or war. This fact has practically gone unnoticed by the public and the media. People in the countries of the Global South are most frequently affected. What solutions are available for them? How can adaptation succeed? How can resilience be increased? How do we deal with the issue of responsibility in a globalised world?

Prof. Frank Biermann
Professor of Global Sustainability Governance, Utrecht University
Stefan Rebmann
Spokesperson for Development and Cooperation, SPD, Member of German Bundestag, Berlin
Dr. Koko Warner
Climate and migration expert, UNFCCC

Prof. Michael Reder, Institute for Social and Development Studies (IGP) 

4 April 2017
Integration - win-win for everyone!

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Societies have been changing since they began to exist. Migration has long become the normality while integration remains a hot-button issue. How much change can a society risk, and how much tradition must it preserve? How does successful integration work in Germany and at the international level? What are the economic costs and benefits? It is the job of the policy makers to seek new paths. What potential does an inclusive society offer?

Jürgen Miksch
Sociologist, theologist, co-founder and long-time chair of PRO ASYL
Prof. Jochen Oltmer
Professor at the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies, University of Osnabrück
Arif Tasdelen
Member of the Bavarian Parliament (SPD) and spokesman in matters of integration
Prof. Michael Reder, Institute for Social and Development Studies (IGP) 

10 May 2017
Volunteer work - help where it is needed?
Registration starts on 29 March, 11.00 a.m.

By far more than 20 million people, or 35% of the population, do voluntary work in Germany, many of them in refugee relief. Volunteers show that they would like to contribute to the community in which they live. Their work also brings newcomers and locals closer together. Without volunteers, the municipal systems would be not able to cope. Munich's refugee helpers and politicians present examples from Munich and the region: how can people help, and where does the personal contribution meet its limits? How can refugee relief be sustainable? How do we deal with xenophilia and xenophobia?

Günter Burkhardt
Dr. Markus Gruber
Head of the Department of Asylum, Integration and Immigration at Bavaria's Ministry for Social Affairs
Marina Lessig
Philosopher and refugee helper in the "Münchner Freiwillige - Wir helfen e.V." association

Michael Schöpf, Institute for Social and Development Studies (IGP) 


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