Vienna Migration Conference 2022

11-12 October 2022

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In its 7th edition, the VMC2022 gathered key European and global actors in Vienna’s historic centre on 11-12 October to discuss the old and new forces shaping international migration – and how governments, international organisations and civil society should respond. These included the impact of ongoing conflicts and instability, instrumentalisation of migration, climate change and post-COVID-19 pandemic labour shortages on the movement of people.

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Our speakers at a glance

Michael Spindelegger


Gerhard Karner

Federal Minister of the Interior

Vít Rakušan

First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior

Gaia Vince

Environmental Journalist, Author and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University College London

Selmo Cikotić

Minister of Security
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Ana Revenco

Minister of Internal Affairs

Arnoldas Abramavičius

Vice-Minister of the Interior

Mahmut Özdemir

Parliamentary State Secretary
Federal Ministry of the Interior and Community, Germany

Ilias Chatzis

Anti-Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Jeanne Celestine

Survivor Leader and Award-Winning Author

Cessouma Minata Samaté

Commissioner for Health, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development
African Union Commission

Marta Youth

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary
Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, U.S. Department of State, United States

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A year-round initiative

Every autumn, the VMC marks a prime event in the yearly migration calendar. It gathers key figures in the migration community to reflect on the progress made and challenges met, to jointly explore and formulate opportunities and enablers and to identify what new developments in the migration landscape necessitate a response. But the VMC resonates far beyond its annual core event, underscoring ICMPD’s convening power and vital role in informing European and global policymaking processes throughout the year. A series of public and private formats as well as written commentaries stimulate and inform the debate at key moments during the year; side activities in the margins of the VMC further frame the programme.

Special mid-year event

On 27 June 2022, a targeted group of senior migration decision-makers gathered in Berlin to debate a pressing issue on the policy agenda: managing the displacement caused by Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The event was hosted by the German Chair of ICMPD’s Steering Group.

Find out more about ICMPD's main take aways from this important discussion.

Migration Futures Dinner

On the eve of the conference proper, a VIP dinner brought together select agenda setters and thought leaders in the field to stimulate an informal and frank exchange of views and ideas on the central topics on the agenda. The evening started with a keynote from EC Vice President Margaritis Schinas. This invitation-only, intimate networking event was organised in partnership with the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

VMC thematic side event

Under the auspices of the Inter-Agency Coordination Group against Trafficking in Persons, a side event in the margins of the main conference will discuss vulnerabilities that fuel trafficking in persons for those who have fled conflict areas, often in haste and in situations of destitution or high precariousness.

Learn more about the side event here.

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