Time: Monday, November 23th, 2015, 12.30-18.00
Place: Helsinki Congress Paasitorni, Sirkus-sali, Paasivuorenkatu 5 A, 00530 Helsinki, Finland
The escalating situation in the Middle East has led to an unprecedented flow of refugees and migrants to Europe. The EU as a whole and member states individually were caught unprepared, even though the emergency situation was not entirely unpredictable. Europe urgently needs to find comprehensive solutions to the refugee crisis, both on the European and national levels as it pertains to frontier and aid policies as well as integrating migrants into local societies. The seminar organized jointly by the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and Kalevi Sorsa Foundation focuses on the following questions: How have different countries dealt with the situation? What should the European policy solutions be?
13.00 Opening remarks
Director Mikko Majander, Kalevi Sorsa Foundation
Vice Chair of the Board Elisabeth Helander, Kalevi Sorsa Foundation
Programme Director Juha Jokela, The Finnish Institute of International Affairs
13.45 The Role of Turkey
Gareth Jenkins, Senior Associate Fellow, The Institute for Security and Development Policy
Freelance Journalist, Saana Jokinen
14.30 Comments and discussion
15.00 Coffee break
15.20 Building a comprehensive migration and integration policy at European level
Secretary General Ernst Stetter, Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS)
15.30 Migration and integration policies in Europe – Case analysis
MP Nasima Razmyar
Chief Analyst Lisa Pelling, Arena Idé
Gero Maass, Director, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Stockholm office
Pasi Saukkonen, Senior Researcher, City of Helsinki Urban Facts
16.45 Conluding remarks
MP Tytti Tuppurainen
17.00 Celebration of the 10-year-old Kalevi Sorsa Foundation
Gareth Jenkins is a Senior Associate Fellow with the Joint Center’s Silk Road Studies Program and Turkey Initiative. He is a writer and analyst based in Istanbul. His special fields of interest are civil-military relations, the Kurdish issue, terrorism, and security issues and political Islam.
Juha Jokela is Programme Director at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs. His areas of expertise include EU’s foreign and security policy, global governance and the G20, EU’s Asia policy and Finland’s EU policy.
Saana Jokinen is a freelance journalist. She has followed the Syrian uprising-turned-civil war and the conflict’s impact on Syria’s neighbouring countries for several years. Her work has appeared in a number of Finnish newspapers, on the website of the Finnish National Broadcasting Agency YLE, in the magazine Ulkopolitiikka as well as in IHS Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency.
Gero Maaß joined the Nordic Office of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) in 2012. Previously, he headed the International Policy Analysis division of FES in Berlin and the division “Western Industrialized Countries” (2005 – 2006). Furthermore, he was the Director of the FES Offices in London (2000 – 2004) and Paris (1989 – 1993). Maaß is holding a PhD in political economy and studied political science and economics in Hamburg.
Lisa Pelling, PhD, is chief analyst at the Stockholm-based think tank Arena Idé. She is a specialist in migration issues and a former political advisor at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Lisa Pelling is currently member of the advisory board on global cooperation to the Swedish Minister for Strategic Development and Nordic Cooperation. Her most recent report for the think tank Arena Idé is ”Legal Channels for Migration Across the Mediterranean – A Road Map”.
Nasima Razmyar is a Member of the Finnish Parliament and a member of Environment Committee and Education and Culture Committee. Razmyar has worked with many immigrants, especially immigrants women. She is also the Chair of the MONIKA – Multicultural Women’s Association.
Pasi Saukkonen works as the Director of the Finnish Foundation for Cultural Policy Research (Cupore) and as the Senior Researcher at the City of Helsinki Urban Facts. He holds an Adjunct Professorship at the University of Helsinki and at the University of Jyväskylä. He has published widely on nationalism and national identity, integration policies and politics in a multicultural society.
Ernst Stetter is the Secretary General of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS). Previously he has worked for Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) in various positions, most recently as the Director of the FES EU-Office in Brussels. Ernst Stetter is an economist and political scientist.
Tytti Tuppurainen is a Member of the Finnish Parliament and a member of the Grand Committee and Agriculture and Forestry Committee. She is also the Chair of the Social Democratic Women in Finland.