Exploring the Impact of Inward Migration in the Foundation of Vibrant Economies: Past, Present and Future

Call for Papers:

1 Day Conference at Oxford University

Changing the Narrative of Migration

This conference is hosted and funded by The Green European Foundation in partnership with the Green Economics Institute.

Our Changing the Narrative of Migration  Projects, 3 of which are jointly  hosted by the Green European Foundation have included, an investigation into the history of migration, how migration has always been a feature of humanity and always will be. We created our video about migration, Changing the Narrative of Migration,  made with the Green European Foundation at the Green Economics Institute, and 2 Academic Proceedings volumes of papers and our Green Economics Institute Migration Book, Migration a social justice perspective. ISBN 9781907543210.

Contemporary Changes to the Labour Market


Hi Tech Solutions and the Value and Impact of Migration


Examples of Inward Migration and particularly vibrant Economies,  regions and and cities such as London, Oxford, Thames Valley, Oslo-Norway and Abuja, Nigeria cities such as London, Oxford, Thames Valley, Oslo-Norway and Abuja, Nigeria,Rotterdam


Panel and Discussion

Migration in future-Driving  factors arising. Impacts choices. Solutions pathways


Speakers invited include: David Williams,(Oxford City Oxford Excellence),Dr Klaus Linsemaier, Heinrich Boell Foundation and Founder SOS Mediterranean.  Saving Lives (Belgium) M.H.Mieke Kox, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rabbi Dr Rebecca Birt,  Rabbi Doctor Johnathan Romain,  Professor Marie Louise Seeberg (Migration and Refugee Expert),  Norway, Hans Kare Flo, Technical Union expert on the New Platform Economies, (Norway) Michelle Gale (UMMA Charity, Chicago, USA), Anijkwi Membshalbwana,(Nigeria) Dr Enrico Tezza, Labour Economist (ILO )(Academia Italy)Dr Lavinia Tezza, specialist Migration Lawyer, (Italy), Thames Valley Hi Tech Speakers, Danika Formosa,Green Institute,  Malta, Rudolf Buelher, Ecoland, Germany. Professor Maria Madi, Professor of Economics and Finance, Hi Tech Economy Speaker. Dr Arturo Herman, Health and Well Being and Sustainability 2030 (Italy),


10.00- to 11.00 Panel 1


 Introduction to the ‘Changing the Narrative of Migration’ How migration is affecting The European Project and  Our work so far and plans for 2018 and 2019

Miriam Kennet,(UK)  Dr Lucille Schmidt (France), Councillor David Williams.(UK)  Klaus Linsemaier, Co Founder of SOS Mediterane, Dr Arturo Herman (Rome Economics Institute, Italy)

11.00-11.30 Coffee Break

11.30 -13.00 Panel 2

Contemporary Changes to the Labour Market- Economy and the Law

13.00-14.00  Lunch Dr Enrico Tezza, (Italy International Labour Organisation, Meike Kox Erasmus University Law, Migration in Africa, Lavinia Tezza, Italy  (Migration Lawyer) The legal framework of contemporary migration  issues.

14.00-15.00 Panel 3

Hi Tech solutions and the value and impact of migration

15.00-16.00 Panel 4  The invited speakers all host inward migration – Rabbi Dr Birt- managing a project of 50 Syrian Refugees into London, Rudolf Buhrer hosting 100s of Syrian Refugees and providing Housing for them near Stuttgart, Rabbi Johnathan Romain helping refugees in Calais.

Examples of Inward Migration and particularly vibrant economies, regions and cities such as London, Oxford, Thames Valley, Oslo-Norway and Abuja, Nigeria

Mieke Kox (Erasmus University) Hans Kare Flo (Tekna, Oslo, Norway), Danika Formosa (Malta), Anjikwi Memshalbwana, ActionAid (Nigeria)

16.00-16.30 Tea Break

16.30-17.30 Closing Panel, Next Steps and Discussion

Migration in future-Driving  factors arising. Impacts choices. Solutions pathways.The Founding of the GEIAcademy and its School of Migration Studies Being Launched during this session

All participants with panel chairs.


Venue: St Hugh’s College, Oxford

Date:   Monday 18th June 2018 10.00-16.00

Call for Papers: Papers and applications to speak should be sent toinfo@GEIconferences.org. We welcome contributions to this interesting and contemporary subject.

Applications to partlicipate are warmly welcomed from all over the world, we expect to have about 25 nationalities at least represented and this provides a very good background for understanding many different perspectives.

Book :We will be  producing a book, a research paper and a policy  briefing paper on this subject as a result of the conference so if you would like to participate in this please email info@geiconferences.org to find out more.

Registration: Please register to ensure your place

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Registration Tickets:  for the  Green Economics Institute’s 13th Annual 3 Day Green Economics Institute Conference 16th -18th June 2018 are also  valid for this event and include entry to it as well as GEI Migration Conference Tickets

Any of  the above tickets can  be purchased here :

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 idea of this project 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 project addresses the causes of migration but equally deal 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 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.