Autumn Academy

Autumn Academy 2018: Opportunities and challenges in cooperation between government and civil society in the management of migration in Europe and North America

10 - 13 September 2018
By invitation only

Convened by: Global Exchange on Migration and Diversity

The Autumn Academy 2018 is a symposium for senior policy makers, NGO leaders, academic experts and foundations involved in the development, implementation and study of immigration and asylum policies in Europe and North America. Held annually in Oxford (UK), the Autumn Academy provides a precious opportunity, in a private round table setting, to share knowledge, expertise and ideas; consider the implications of research evidence and analysis; critique policy and practice options; learn from differing approaches in Europe and North-America and consider their potential applicability in differing contexts across the Atlantic.

In 2018, the Academy will explore the issues raised by cooperation between government and civil society in the management of migration. Participants will explore the differing ways in which government at national/federal and local level is increasingly working with civil society organisations in the implementation of migration policies: from refugee resettlement and sponsorship programmes, search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean and support for unaccompanied minors, to innovative initiatives at city level. There are also formal and informal structures in which governments engage civil society in policy development.

Yet collaboration can bring significant challenges to government and to civil society: working relationships that, while essential, can be fragile and carry economic and political costs for both parties. Our hope is that, through discussion and reflection, the symposium will identify general principles on which successful future relationships can be built.

Participants, of whom there will be no more than thirty, will contribute to the agenda as speakers, respondents, and session chairs.

The symposium is organised by the Global Exchange on Migration and Diversity, the knowledge-exchange arm of the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) at the University of Oxford. Funding is provided by The Social Change Initiative, supported by Atlantic Philanthropies, as a programme within its own Migration Learning Exchange initiative.

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