Vienna Migration Conference

About Vienna Migration Conference 2017


The Vienna Migration Conference (VMC) brings together politicians, senior officials, experts and practitioners from governments, international organisations, civil society, academia and the media to debate the central aspects of migration policy making.

Against the background of the ongoing UN Global Compact for Migration Process, the VMC will, in its second edition, debate the concept of Regional Migration Partnerships as a key aspect of creating safe, regular and orderly migration as stipulated in the New York Declaration of 2016. Governments are presently engaged in efforts aimed at fixing the present migration policy crises. In this situation, they all too often resort to short-term operational cooperation, while the longer-term objectives receive too little attention.

The Vienna Migration Conference will debate both aspects of migration partnerships and will highlight approaches aimed at solving immediate migration challenges associated with humanitarian crises, forced displacement and mixed migration flows as a pre-condition to tackle the fundamental and long-term requirements of better migration management.

In the future, migration partnerships will be required to reframe their scope to go well beyond the crisis mode. They need to provide enabling frameworks for countries, societies and communities to effectively work together to ensure that international migration can be the positive force in support of economic, social and cultural development processes. The Vienna Migration Conference 2017 will critically assess the current concepts and practices of Regional Migration Partnerships between countries of origin, transit and destination, and the extent to which they represent such enabling frameworks.


Information on the Vienna Migration Conference 2016 can be found here.