Projecting the future migration scenarios for Europe


A consortium of nine partners consisting of European researchers and statisticians start a Horizon 2020 project that focuses on future migration scenarios for Europe. On the 29th – 31st January, the kick-off partner meeting takes place at the Aalborg University, Copenhagen, including a public conference day on the 30th January.

The Future Migration Scenarios for Europe (FUME) project aims at understanding the patterns, motivations and modalities of migration at multiple geographical scales, from international through regional to the local, and on imagining possible futures.

FUME will study the migration to a from several key migration cities/centres to determine 1) the major factors explaining migrant movement patterns by analysing regional and local circumstances that either attract migrants or ‘push’ potential migrants to move, and 2) elaborate how possible future regional sociodemographic, economic and environmental challenges may shape future migrant movement patterns in Europe.

During the public one-day conference, the consortium partners will present themselves and their role in the project. Moreover, invited speakers will present their work from closely related projects.

Programme of the open day
9:00 Arrival, registration
9:30 Welcome & introduction to FUME (Henning Sten Hansen, AAU)
Keynote by Christian Albrekt Larsen (FLOW Project, AAU): Mass migration and generous welfare states. Compatible or incompatible?
10:30 Coffee break
11:00 Presentation of related EU projects and initiatives:
Jakub Bijak: The QuantMig Project (University of Southampton) – by video
Tuba Bircan: The Hummingbird Project (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
Jesper Tjaden: The CrossMigration Project (International Organization for Migration, Berlin) – by video
Fabrizio Natale: The Knowledge Centre for Migration and Demography (Joint Research Centre, European Commission)
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Presentations of FUME consortium partners and their contributions to the project (10 min each)
15:00 Coffee break
15:30 Round table discussion: The future of migration scenarios (Participants TBA)
17:00 Closing (Carsten Kessler, AAU)