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Presentation of Markéta Seidlová at the conference „Coherence and Incoherence in Migration Management and Integration: Policies, Practices and Perspectives” in Canada

From 7th until 9th of May 2014, Montreal, Canada, hosted a conference „Coherence and Incoherence in Migration Management and Integration: Policies, Practices and Perspectives”, being the seventh anniversary conference of the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies. The conference was attended by 500 participants from 25 countries, from Canada and the United States as well as from Czechia, France, Italy, Germany, United Kingdom, Israel or Sri Lanka. Presented were 151 contributions in 19 panels. 

The rationale behind the conference was that during the last decade, considerable shifts in migration and asylum policy occured in most of the advanced economies. Various countries implement preventive and repressive measures, targeted not only at irregular migrants, but also at refugees and other groups of forced migrants. Moreover, this results also to a great heterogeneity of the applied policies, despite of the continuous efforts to gain more international coherence in managing migration and integration. 

Within the panel "Integration of migrants and refugees: local, regional and comparative perspective", dr. Markéta Seidlová as the only representative from Czechia also contributed with her presenation, focused on practices of local governments in France toeards migrants. As her contribution was one of the few focusing on (usually omitted) local dimension of integration of migrants, her topic brought about a lively discussion, involving questions as to integration of immigrants also in Czechia. This was valuable especially to Canadian participants as they had the opportunity to start to perceive Czechia as an attractive immigrant country especially for migrants from Eastern Europe and former Soviet Republics and not only as a source-country for refugees to Canada.

The conference distinctly presented current trends and issues in the area of international migration, with a focus not only to economic migration, but also to other - often overlooked - types of migration. The conference was also a unique opportunity for for meeting, discussing and networking with young as well as experienced scientists or individuals from law or humanitarian praxis. The topic of the upcoming conference (to be held on 13-15 May 2015) is "Advancing Protection And Fostering Belonging In A Global Era Of The Criminalization Of Migration".