European conference “Families beyond borders – What is the impact of migration on families?”

6 November 2015 – Sofia, Bulgaria

Economic and labour migration and mobility policies are often shaped around the individual who moves but rarely take into account the impact that this has on the whole family.

The conference is organised by COFACE and its Bulgarian member, the Center of Women’s Studies and Policies and aims to bring together a wide public with different background, and it will be structured around three workshops and a final plenary, where conclusions of the workshops will be discussed with policy makers. The topics of the three workshops are: (1) Labour migration and transnational family life, (2) Brain-drain, emigration and family formation and (3) Migrant carers and global care-chain.

The conference will be preceded by a half-day capacity building on EU Migration and mobility policies on November 5th, conducted by migration and labour experts and a networking dinner. When registering online, participants will be asked to choose to which events they wish to participate, the pre-conference capacity building, the pre-conference training, the conference or all the events. More detailed information about the programme and registration process will be available soon.

Call for presentations
We are inviting researchers, NGOs, local authorities and all interested stakeholders that wish to present their work in one of the conference workshops to submit a proposal for a presentation, by filling the following form: Call for presentations and sending it back to us by 15 September 2015, with the subject line “Presentation proposal for migration conference”.

Practical information
The conference will be in English. Plenary sessions will be translated to/from Bulgarian. The working language inthe breakout groups will be English, with limited possibility for translation.

Please watch this space to have updated information on this event.

Further questions or comments?
On the content and programme, contact Paola Panzeri:
On the organisation and logistics, contact Florian Charron:

We hope to see you in Sofia!


European conference “Families beyond borders – What is the impact of migration on families?”
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