The German Marshall Fund of the United States and Robert Bosch Stiftung are happy to announce that the 2010 Transatlantic Forum on Migration and Integration (TFMI) was held from July 7-11 in Izmir, Turkey. In its third year, TFMI assembled a great group of 65 future decision makers in the field of immigration and integration from Europe, the United States, and sending countries, and has established itself as a leading platform for exchange on crucial immigration and integration issues.
Featured Speakers: Angela Kelley Vice President for Immigration Policy
Center for American Progress
Jerry Kammer Senior Fellow
Center for Immigration Studies
Marietje Schaake Member of the European Parliament (TFMI Fellow 2008)
Atilla Toros Chief Inspector, Asylum and Migration Bureau
Turkish Ministry of Interior
Berlan Pars Alan Head of Migration Department,
Deputy Directorate General of Migration Asylum Visa, Turkish Foreign Ministry
Marta Cygan Director, Directorate B: Immigration and Asylum
DG Justice, Freedom and Security
European Commission (invited)
After hosting TFMI in Germany and in the United States, predominantly receiving societies, hosting TFMI in Turkey offers an extended focus. In recent history and until the present day, Turkey has been a country of origin of migrants that is significant for the European migration debate. At the same time, it is also a major destination country and plays an important role in transit migration to the European Union. Izmir in particular is often referred to as the “gateway” to Europe.
The inaugural conference was held in Nuremberg, Germany, in July 2008, and was followed by a second conference in Austin, Texas, in July 2009. Apart from the annual conference, TFMI has developed into a sustainable network that supports multiple networking activities and formats throughout the year. TFMI Fellows organize TFMI spin-off projects in all parts of the world, including: study tours, regional meetings, academic exchanges, and professional exchanges.
TFMI is jointly organized by the German Marshall Fund of the United States and the Robert Bosch Stiftung.
The TFMI 2010 Conference brochure and Agenda can be found below: