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Venice Forum 2008 - Migration from a national, European and global perspective

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June 2008

On 12 and 13 June, UniCredit and the Municipality of Venice, in cooperation with Fondazione Venezia 2000 and "east", a review on culture, politics and economics will be holding the third Venice Forum on "Migration from a national, European and global perspective".

Migration policies are currently a focus of debate in Europe and comprise three principle themes: the prevention of illegal immigration, selective immigration policies based on requirements in Europe, and facilitating the integration of non-EU citizens legally residing in the EU.
However, finalising such policies is far more difficult than it may seem. First of all, defining a migration policy common to all member states is no easy task: begun by the European Council in Tampere in 1999 and carried forward by the Hague Program in 2004, a common policy has been one of the priorities of European institutions over the last few years.

As such, the importance of a common European migration policy, the human rights' protection, and the role of banking and financial businesses and institutions in the complete economic integration of migrants will be the key topics of discussion on 12-13 June at the Fondazione Cini in San Giorgio Maggiore Island of Venice.
Featuring among the high-profile panel of speakers will be: Joseph Chamie, former director of the UN Population Division; Mircea Geoana, former Romanian Foreign Minister; Massimo Livi Bacci, professor of demographics at the University of Florence; Adel Jabbar, sociologist and expert in intercultural migration and processes; Ambassador Renato Ruggiero, former Director-General of the WTO, Italian Foreign Minister in 2001 and current President of the International Advisory Board at UniCredit.

The Venice Forum will therefore once again confirm its standing as a permanent forum of debate between representatives of European institutions, businessmen, academics, and civil society, aimed at evaluating, analysing, and making proposals on the future of Europe.


Executive Direction
Elena Fenili

Organisation and Communication
Marcella Brandi

For information
Giacinta Massimo Lancellotti
+39 06 67078778
+39 06 67078599