The Vienna Migration Conference

Europe’s leading forum on migration

VMC news – Save the Date for 2023!

We are delighted to announce that the 8th edition of the Vienna Migration Conference will take place on 10-11 October 2023 in Vienna’s historic city center and online. We invite you to mark the dates in your calendars already, and to subscribe to our Newsletter below so that you don’t miss out on news around the VMC and ICMPD’s Policy work throughout the year.

In the meanwhile, we also warmly invite you to browse through our VMC2022 page where you find session recordings, highlights and take aways. A full conference report will be published soon, too.

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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.


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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. 

The Vienna Migration Conference (VMC) is ICMPD’s annual flagship event, and its organisation is the sum of efforts by the organisation’s best and brightest across teams and locations. The core organising team is situated in the Directorate for Policy, Research and Strategy under the leadership of the Policy Team, following a whole-of-organisation approach with strategic support from Regional Offices.

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