Vienna Migration Conference 2022

VMC2022 Report

Read the VMC2022 report for valuable insights on the latest factors shaping international migration and how governments, international organisations and civil society should respond.

The yearly Vienna Migration Conference (VMC) is ICMPDs flagship event and Europe’s leading forum on migration. Every autumn, leaders, experts and practitioners in the area of migration come together in Vienna to discuss innovative strategies and responses to challenges and opportunities in migration governance.

The 7th edition of VMC took place in Vienna on 11-12 October 2022, with over 250 in-person and 1,300 virtual attendees. During the 13 sessions, 34 politicians, officials and experts from governments, civil society and international organisations zoomed in on specific aspects of migration policy. Over two days, high-level panellists engaged in discussions on an array of pressing issues such as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and other ongoing conflicts and instability, the instrumentalisation of migration, climate change, and labor shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic. The discussions aimed to scrutinise the best way forward to respond to migratory flows and balance competing political priorities amid crises. 

The conference kicked off with an exclusive Migration Futures Dinner, an invitation-only dinner hosted in partnership with the Robert Bosch Stiftung. The dinner brought together select participants, agenda setters and thought leaders for an intimate networking event and featured a keynote speech by European Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas, who set the tone for the two days of lively debates and exchanges that followed at VMC2022. The complete conference programme can be viewed here.

Please find the full VMC2022 report here, which offers a comprehensive overview of the proceedings and outcomes. In addition to summaries of all sessions and key takeaways from the conference, the report also features in-depth analysis on EU talent attraction efforts and support for major refugee-hosting countries.

Session recordings

VMC2022 Conference opening


Climate change and migration: Do we find ourselves at a crossroads?


Managing migration in turbulent times: Key perspectives from Europe



7 takeaways for migration governance in turbulent times

By ICMPD’s Policy Unit

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Same but different: Strategies in the global race for talent

By Marissa Weigle and Paula Zünkler

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A perfect storm of crises: Why refugee-hosting countries need more support

By Sharmarke Ahmed

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The conference in numbers

Participants from across the globe
Sessions, all livestreamed
Billateral meetings

Participation from around the globe

Impressions from the VMC2022

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