The Vienna Migration Conference

Europe’s leading forum on migration

The 2021 edition

How should we re-imagine cooperation along the routes to Europe to deliver better migration outcomes – now and during the post-pandemic recovery?

Hear what key countries and commentators have to say about building and strengthening migration partnerships in Europe’s immediate neighbourhood and the wider world. In light of recent dynamics as well as megatrends, what are the ‘game changers’ that could alter the negotiating landscape?

The Vienna Migration Conference (VMC) is ICMPD’s annual flagship event and a premier platform for high-level discussion on migration in Europe and beyond. Each autumn, the VMC offers an indispensable opportunity to take stock of the latest developments in the migration sphere and dive into the most relevant issues affecting mobility from a policy and strategic viewpoint.

Making use of ICMPD’s wide-ranging expertise and global network, the VMC convenes politicians, senior officials, experts and practitioners from governments, international organisations, civil society, academia, the private sector and the media to debate the most burning issues of migration governance.

„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

The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) is an international organisation with 18 Member States and more than 350 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.