Rebuilding social justice  |  Events  |  10.11.2011

Family Reunification Legislation in Europe: Is it Discriminatory for Migrant Women?

Co-hosted by the Greens/EFA, the Socailist and Democrats and the European United Left/Nordic Green Left Groups in the European Parliament, and co-organized by the European Women's Lobby, the International Centre for Migration Policy Development and the European Network of Migrant Women, this joint hearing will address the current Family Reunification Legislation in Europe and its consequences on migrant Women’s lives.

EVENT: Joint hearing

DATE: 10 November 2011 from 15:00 to 18:30

PLACE: European Parliament, Room A1G3, 60 rue Wiertz,Brussels

LANGUAGE: English, French, Spanish and German interpretation will be provided


14.15 - 14.45 Registration

15.00 - 15.10 Introduction

  • Ms. Cécile Gréboval, Secretary General of the European Women’s Lobby (EWL)
  • Mr. Ralph Genetzke, Head of Mission of the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), Brussels

15:10 – 16:30 Session I: The Current Situation regarding the Implementation of the Family Reunification Directive in the EU, Chair: Ms Selmin Caliskan, EWL

  • Ms. Judith Sargentini, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance
  • Mr. Thomas Huddleston, Policy Analyst, Migration Policy Group
  • Mr. Dennis de Jong, Confederal Group of the European United Left - Nordic Green Left
  • Ms. Anna Maria Corazza Bildt, European People’s Party (to be confirmed)
  • Ms. Borbala Szigeti, Administrator, Immigration and Integration Unit, DG Home Affairs, European Commission

16.10-16.30 Discussion

16:30 – 16.50 Coffee Break

16.50 – 18:30 Session II : Family Reunification Policies and their Consequences on Migrant Women’s Lives, Chair: Ms Selmin Caliskan, EWL

  • Mr. Bernhard Perchinig, Senior Researcher, International Centre for Migration Policy Development, Vienna
  • Ms. Nusha Yonkova, Anti-Trafficking Project Coordinator at Immigrant’s Council Ireland, European Network of Migrant Women
  • Ms. Doris Peschke, Executive Secretary Churches' Commission for Migrants in Europe, Brussels
  • Ms. Eleonore Kofman, Professor of Gender, Migration and Citizenship and Co-director of the Social Policy Research Centre at Middlesex University, London

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