Migration 1 Day Conference  Monday June  18th 2018 Oxford


Changing the Narrative of Migration

Our one day Migration Conference at The University of Oxford will be held on Monday June 18th 2018  with our partners the Green European Foundation.

We are currently calling for papers for the Confernence as well as speakers, sessions, book chapters and research to support the aims of this important project.

We have previously run 3 Migration Conferences and have created a book, 2 proceedings documents and a a powerful video which we took to COP23 in Bonn to the United Nations Climate Conference in November 2017.


Session 1 Introduction to the Changing the Narrative of Migration so far: Findings from the Three Previous Conferences


Session 2 The Migration and Population Shifts so far:Past Present and Future: Difficulties of recording


Session 3 Introduction to Migration issues, policies and literature


Session 4 Economic Effects and Benefits of Migration in Oxford and other areas


Session 5 The Oxford Experience as a model for other areas


Session 6 The Migration Model Areas and Potential New areas


Sesaion 7  Next steps and outputs form the conference

A book

Academic Proceedings


Download publications


Initial speakers confirmed for this event include :

Dr Enrico Tezza (Italy -Speaking on corruption in the economy

Dr Lavinia Tezza (Italy) speaking on  Migration Law

Dr Arturo Herman (Italy ) speaking on Health and Well Being in the Economy

Dr Natalie West (India )

Koryo Suziki (Econnomics)

Dr Monica Alessi (International Labour Organisation (Italy))  Social Innovation

Councillor David William (Oxford) Speaking about the example of Oxford’s economy,  and how it depends on and has been hugely enhanced by migration

Rudolf Buehler (Germany) Housing Syrian Traumatised   Refugees  and how we can help them – Dr Rudolf works tirelessly to rehouse 100s of  refugees.

Anjikwi Membshalbwana (Nigeria) Nigerian migration and the issues

Hans Kare Flo (Norway) Migration into Norway

Professor Maria Madi (Brazil and Italy) Migration Economics

Dr Ehtisham Abassi (India ) The Economic  Migration Experience

Volker Heinemann (Germany) Being an economic migrant:The effect on the economy

Michelle Gale (USA and Brazil)  Being an economic migrant:The effect on the economy


Please Register and Book as soon as possible.

Migration: Vibrant Economies Depend on Migration

Case studies of areas where the vibrancy and success of the economy depends on migration

Changing the Narrative of Migration 1 Day Conference at St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford

Early Bird Reduced Rate Ticket till the end of March 2018

This conference will be mainly co hosted by our partner The Green European Foundation, Brussels and Luxembourg


Europe seems stuck and paralysed by the latest waves of migration. This is affecting democracy itself as people thrash around from party to party unable to find expression of their fears and unable to find solutions and scenarios that they can relate to.

This development is undermining core European and green values. The aim is to get the progressive political forces back ahead of the game to drive a positive approach to international migration and at the same time explore reasons for migration with the aim to manage the overall magnitude of migration to ensure people have options to chose their own destiny.


Core green values are very important in these processes and as a consequence need to be developed further and disseminated more widely. The relevant issues to be considered range from economic development and political stability, to climate change and issues of land distribution and allocation of economic resources. If economies are becoming more and more unequal, and the controlling interests are in fewer hands such global issues can not be addressed adequately. Simplistic political ideologies attempt to blame and encourage to blame migrants rather than contributing to constructive solutions and helping to dig deeper towards the causes of migration with the attempt to stabilise international economic structures.

This project seeks to claw back the narrative, the debate and the public assumptions using all aspects of social media and gathering experts and those experienced in migration as refugees. Greens have always argued that if home is fine, then people tend not to migrate, the issue is that for many people home is no longer able to support them economically or practically and hence they are pushed towards migration. This conference addresses the causes of migration but equally deals with a constructive approach to the migration that will happen. A very strong link is made with the economic conditions, requirements and prospects that are needed to mange the ever increasing migration issue globally.

The Thames Valley area of the United Kingdom is an   area of the country that  is built on migrant labour at the top end of the spectrum of education and its very diversity has meant it has led the worlds digital and communications technology. Oxford University where we run our events is one of the world leaders in academic research and has been built on migration, as such they this arrangement is an excellent base for case studies and example of what happens when migration is actually encouraged and organised well – the economy booms and benefits can be derived for a wider general public. Therefore we feel that this story is one which can educate others and show them that they are making a huge mistake in blaming migration and see it at a negative where the alternative is a positive and constructive integration of migration on each level from the abstract academic level to the very practical level of human live.


Xenophobic right wing groups have managed in part to attract and capture the European debate. This is because voters are afraid and in many cases economically marginalised and its easy to blame migration for their problems.

In fact migration, in many areas, is actually the route out of poverty and towards a better economic development but so much is the debate led by fear that this part of the drama and discussion is crowded out by much more depressing narratives. This project deliberately sets out to create a hub of success and show practical examples where it is the very migration that makes the economy and cultural life special- nowhere more so than the Thames Valley and Oxford University where you can find some of the highest economic well being and asset values on the planet – so this conference opens the lid on how this works in detail and builds on our previous migration work for GEF which began to indicate that this was an important untapped issue which the green family could hugely benefit from uncovering in more detail and sharing the ideas.



The project is looking at historical migration towards Europe and also the drivers and pathways of migration into Europe over time and what has driven people into Europe.

The new push factors and how they will affect the new migration settlements are particularly assessed.

The problems, the literature is now highlighting, is that migration solutions should not be about migration as such – the discourse is now suggesting it needs to be about the economic push factors and innovative ways how to integrate the remaining migration positively into existing economic and social structures.



The event will be run at Oxford University. The impact is expected to be international,  but will also go out to the Thames Valley directly, in a way that we meet migrants in the region and will be discussing what it has meant to them to migrate to the UK and also who people working with them in successful businesses and academic and other public life see the situation. It is intended that we would like to find comparable hubs around Europe with partners, with which we will be doing a similar assessment of the situation, a documentation and dissemination on the regional level of the findings during the project.



Timetable for the day

10.00 Set up and network and introductions

11.00-12.00- representatives from successful hubs around Europe – 3 plus a chair share their detailed experience with evidence, documents, photos and facts and figures and sources.

12.00-13.00 – Panel debate with floor

13.00-14.00- Lunch

14.00-15.00-Experts introduce ideas and issues and what it all means

15.00-16.00 –Representatives and companies  from successful hubs around Europe 3 plus a chair share their experience on a thematic basis and the learning which can be applied elsewhere

16.00-17.00- Setting up and official launch of the network hub Documented, filmed and videoed and photographed.

17.00-18.00 The implications for democracy – Summary and filmed debate.

17.00-18.00 Next steps and monitoring and milestone planning to ensure the hub is successful and continues.