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London Conference Programme 23012009

  1. 1. London’s response to the new migration In the framework of the European project « One-stop mobility shops » Hammersmith & Fulham Town Hall King Street, London W6 9JU 23 January 2009 The two recent enlargements of the European Union, in 2004 and 2007, have caused many debates on migration issues. Many of them focussing on the risks and benefits of economic migration. Receiving countries face many challenges and have in response introduced solutions aimed at dealing with the inflow of people arriving to look for jobs. At the conference, London will serve as an example of a capital city approaching problems arising from the recent expansion of the European Union. The conference will focus on the complex phenomenon of economic migration. The fact that not all of the immigrants from the European Union member states share same status adds to the complexity of the matter and will be stressed. Migrants from all of the countries that joined European Union in 2004 can work in the UK without any special requirements, such as work permit. However, they need to register with the Home Office under the Accession State Worker Registration Scheme. Bulgarian and Romanian nationals, on the other hand, are required to provide a work permit along
  2. 2. with fulfilling other special requirements, which often creates serious obstacles and prevents migrants from succeeding in the labour market. There are many immigrants for whom the migration experience is a successful one, not only do they succeed on an individual level but make significant contributions to the economies of receiving countries as well. However, there are also people who fail. Lack of adequate support and knowledge about workers’ rights, exploitative employers and language barrier often lead to failure. Difficulties with getting or keeping a job may cause alcohol and drug addiction, loss of housing and ultimately social exclusion. Different responses from the European Union, national and local governments, and non-profit organisations to the new migration waves will be covered in both plenary sessions and workshops. Responses from local authorities and councils, and the importance of the current set-up where councils have no recourse to public funds other than primary services, will also be discussed. We believe the topic is of great importance, particularly in the context of the current economic crisis. The aim of this conference is to influence European Union as well as senior officials from national and local governments, in order to improve the situation of migrants from new accession countries. We aim to bring together service providers, policy makers and practitioners working in migration or migration–related fields to share knowledge and good practice, exchange ideas and discuss their research findings. Plenary sessions accompanied by four different workshops will enable a thorough examination of the topic.
  3. 3. PROGRAMME 9h00 – 9h15 Welcome coffee and registrations NEW MIGRATION IN LONDON MIGRATION AFTER 2004 – CONSEQUENCES FOR LONDON Chairman: Welcome and opening remarks – James Reilly, Director of Community Services, London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham Agent provocateur: Petr Matousek, Vice-Consul, Embassy of the Czech Republic in London 9h15 – 9h30 Tony Venables, Director, European Citizen Action Service. Introduction of the theme of the seminar: presentation of the “One-stop mobility shop” project 9h30 – 10h00 Jean Lambert, Member of the European Parliament for London - European context of mobility 10h00 – 10h15 Professor Ian Gordon, Professor of Human Geography, London School of Economics. Picture of the new migration in London - comparisons with previous migration waves 10h15 – 10h30 Dr Dirk Gebhardt, Programme Officer, Migration and Integration, EUROCITIES - New migration and policy responses in [other] European cities 10h30 – 10h45 Q&A 10h45 – 11h05 COFFEE BREAK IT IS LARGELY A SUCCESS STORY…BUT THERE ARE ALSO THE LOSERS Agent provocateur James Morris, Trustee, Barka UK; Alcohol Policy Consultant, Alcohol Policy UK 11h05 – 11h20 Robert Rusiecki, 1st Counsellor, Head of Consular Section at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in London: Trends and implications of the new economic migration to the UK – Polish example
  4. 4. 11h20 – 12h00 Greg Smith, Councillor for Town Ward & Cabinet Member for Crime & Anti – Social Behaviour, London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham - Hammersmith and Fulham as a destination point for new migrants – benefits and challenges 12h00 -12h15 Abid Rafiq, Local Government Finance Manager, London Councils – ONS population data and the implications for local government funding 12h15 – 12h45 Dr Charles Tannock, Member of the European Parliament for London 12h45– 13h00 Q&A 13h00 – 13h45 Lunch provided by organisers 13h45 - 14h45 WORKSHOPS A. ROLE OF CHARITIES IN SUPPORTING VULNERABLE MIGRANTS MODERATOR John Downie, Chairman of Barka UK, organization which provides severely excluded European accessional migrants in the UK with the opportunity for reconnection and social and economic reintegration PRESENTATION 1: Howard Sinclair, Chief Executive Officer of Broadway, homelessness charity supporting single homeless people across London PRESENTATION 2: Helen Mathie, Policy Projects Officer, Homeless Link, national membership organization for frontline homelessness agencies in England B. NEW MIGRANTS AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM MODERATOR David Page, Assistant Director, Safer Communities Division, London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham
  5. 5. PRESENTATION 1: Nick Hammond, Equality and Diversity Officer, London Probation C. HOW LOCAL AUTHORIES ADAPT TO MIGRATION CHALLENGE IN THE CONTEXT OF COMMUNITY COHESION, HOUSING, SCHOOLING & HEALTH SERVICES MODERATOR Jonathan Weaver, Head of Housing Advice and Assessment, London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham PRESENTATION 1: James Reilly, Director of Community Services, London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham PRESENTATION 2: Dr Michał P. Garapich, CRONEM, Centre for Research on Nationalism, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism D. IMPACT OF THE NEW MIGRATION ON THE UK LABOUR MARKET MODERATOR Richard Vernon, Head of Community Safety Unit, London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham PRESENTATION 1: Dr Greg Thomson, National Development Manager for Migrant Workers, UNISON PRESENTATION 2 : Andrzej Garus, Project Manager, Primus Personnel 14h45 – 15h15 COFFEE BREAK 15h15 – 15h45 REPORT BACK TO PLENARY 15h45 CONCLUSIONS AND CLOSING REMARKS
  6. 6. Partners are grateful to the European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal opportunities for its financial support For more information on the project please visit: www.barkauk.org For further information contact Project Coordinator Joanna Trautsolt tel.: (+44) 797 5654 797 e-mail: barka.uk@gmail.com

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