The Vienna Migration Conference

Europe’s leading forum on migration

Save the date for the VMC2022

The 7th Vienna Migration Conference will bring the migration community together on 11-12 October 2022 in Vienna and online.
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In the meantime, we invite you to read about last year’s edition and explore the VMC2021 conference report.

Our conference

Every autumn, ICMPD’s annual flagship event offers an indispensable opportunity to discuss unfolding geopolitical dynamics, global trends and the current EU migration agenda. It is the premier international platform for high-level discussions on migration in Europe and beyond, where debates put the spotlight firmly on the state of play in migration diplomacy and where real progress between key partners can be made.

Our mission

Today’s world is interconnected and constantly evolving, and so is international migration. Realities and perspectives are as dynamic as the flows and effects of migration. They differ not just among but also within countries and stakeholder groups. Making progress and find common ground in this ever-changing and divisive policy area requires a platform for a continuous, structured debate and open discourse. The Vienna Migration Conference (VMC) provides just that: a trusted space for frank exchanges, where decision-makers and practitioners discuss the latest developments and trends, and outline their visions for the road ahead – on stage, in side talks and through networking.

The VMC provides a platform for the exchange of a wide range of perspectives. In so doing, it sheds light on key migration-related opportunities and challenges – along routes to and within Europe, as well as for countries of origin and transit and other European partners.

Our outreach

For this prime occasion in ICMPD’s annual calendar, we make use of our global network to bring together decision-makers, thought leaders and frontrunners in the migration sphere to convene, connect and engage. We stream most of our debates online, which brings the VMC to the doorsteps of the wider migration community and ensures the broadest possible outreach. The conference is covered by international and local media and we share the highlights and analysis of the debates through social media, interviews and a conference report.


„Once a year, the Vienna Migration Conference provides a premium platform for people, who take decisions on human mobility every day, to meet. To take stock and look at the big picture. Doing this has never been more important than in 2021.“

Michael Spindelegger, Director General, ICMPD

“ICMPD’s role is neither to over-simplify nor over-complicate the migration issue. We want to understand clearly in order to progress. The Vienna Migration Conference 2021 will look at crises and challenges, but also at the many positive stories that offer hope for the future.”

Lukas Gehrke, Director Policy, Research & Strategy, Deputy Director General, ICMPD

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The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) is an international organisation with 19 Member States and about 475 staff members. Active in more than 90 countries worldwide, it takes a regional approach in its work to create effective cooperation and partnerships along migration routes.

The purpose of ICMPD is to promote innovative, comprehensive and sustainable migration policies and to function as a service and information exchange mechanism for governments and organisations. ICMPD has vast experience in bridging the gap between theory and practice. Based on this understanding, ICMPD provides policy makers and politicians with necessary groundwork to take decisions. It is also present on the ground, implementing capacity-building activities in various areas of migration management.