TIME: 13:00 – 14:00, Wednesday 7th February 2018
VENUE: Committee Room 2, House of Lords, Palace of Westminster, London SW1A OPA
Dr. Michael Spindelegger
Director General of International Center for Migration Policy Development
and Former Vice-Chancellor of Austria
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Mass migration to and through Europe is one the key issues facing the continent. It has created new demographic and political realities. In Austria, the anti-immigration Freedom Party (FPO) entered a governing coalition in late 2017, making it the only western European country with a far-right party in government. Based on his experience while Austria’s Vice-Chancellor (2011-2014), Michael Spindelegger will argue that migration requires an effective economic response. He will emphasise the importance of investment in the countries that migrants leave, the need for intelligent policies that allow migrants to return to their countries, and the significance of developing skills in emerging labour markets.
By kind invitation of The Rt Hon. The Lord Risby, The Henry Jackson Society is delighted to invite you to an event with Dr. Spindelegger who will evaluate the recent trend of mass migration to and through Europe. As Director General of ICMPD he is in an excellent position to analyse past and future trends and solutions on the continent.
Dr. Michael Spindelegger was appointed Director General of ICMPD as of 1 January 2016. He has extensive experience in international relations through his work in the Federal Government of the Republic of Austria. In 2000, he was elected as representative of Austria to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe where he led the Austrian delegation from 2002 to 2006. During this time period he represented Austria at conferences on migration issues. As Minister for European and International Affairs, Dr. Spindelegger worked closely with international organisations in the field of migration and contributed to the policy debate during the Third EU-Africa Summit in Tripoli. After Mr. Spindelegger was appointed as Vice-Chancellor of the Republic of Austria, he created a State Secretariat for Integration within the Austrian Federal Ministry of Interior. At this time he worked closely with the Ministry of Interior on asylum and labour migration issues while also negotiating a readmission agreement with the Afghan Government.