Vienna Migration Conference 2021

Re-imagining migration partnerships: Challenges, opportunities and strategies

How can we re-imagine cooperation along the routes to Europe to deliver better migration outcomes – now – and for post-pandemic recovery in the medium term? This year’s Vienna Migration Conference (VMC) focuses on challenges, opportunities and strategies for spurring migration partnership in Europe’s immediate neighbourhood and the wider world. The crisis in Afghanistan and the continued challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, including the pre-existing trends it has accelerated in poorer countries, make constructive dialogue and collective action more urgent than ever. International partnerships are a conditio sine qua non to address current and anticipated migration challenges effectively. Given the pressure to find common ground, this year’s VMC puts on the spotlight firmly on assessing the current state of play in migration diplomacy and asks what more is needed to make real progress between key partners.

Opening sessions focus on current priorities for strengthening cooperation to respond to displacement from Afghanistan, and on the vision and strategy needed for re-imagining African-European migration partnerships. High-level panel discussions centre on goals for delivering better outcomes along the Central African, Mediterranean and Western Balkan Routes. On the second day, parallel strategy sessions will enable participants to explore possible game-changers in areas such as technology or demography while other sessions debate crisis management, the future of the EU amidst a turbulent geopolitical scene and reflect on the road ahead.

This year’s VMC takes on a hybrid format. We will convene a small, select group of key stakeholders of the migration world in Vienna, with online streaming to secure broad outreach and participation despite COVID-19 related travel restrictions.

More information on speakers and programme will be available soon: