The conference will start with the following event:

Sunday, 20 November


Arrival and registration

(Hotel Novotel Warsaw, ul Marszalkowska 94/9)


Welcome Reception

Hosted by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)
(Hotel Novotel Warsaw, ul Marszalkowska 94/9)

Day 1

Time Description





Keynote addresses


A Member State perspective

11:00-11:30 Coffee break

Fundamental rights in migration management: A reality check

Panel debate and plenary discussion with policy makers and practitioners:

  • Nikolaos Dendias (EPP/CD), Chair of the Sub-Committee on Migration, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
  • Ilkka Laitinen, Executive Director, FRONTEX
  • Luc Van den Brande, Chair of the Commission for Citizenship, Governance, Institutional and External Affairs (CIVEX) the Committee of the Regions
  • Henrik Ankerstjerne, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Denmark
  • Oleksandra Gusak, Committee 'Migrants for Amnesty', Ministry of Justice, Poland

13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:00

Fundamental rights situation of irregular migrants in the EU
FRA findings

Commentary by:

Questions & answers

15:00 - 16:00

Marketplace of Ideas
Presentations and side workshops

16:00 - 17:30

Working groups - Policy in the making: Innovative solutions and promising practices

  1. Rights of accompanied children in an irregular situation
  2. Labour exploitation
    • Chaired by Rudi Delarue, Director, Office for the European Union and the Benelux countries, International Labour Organization (ILO)

  3. Detention of irregular migrants
  4. Solutions for protracted irregularity


Evening reception in the Warsaw Uprising Museum

Hosted by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Welcome by Radoslaw Sikorski, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Poland
Guest speaker: Władysław Bartoszewski, Secretary of State in the Chancellery of Prime Minister, Plenipotentiary of Prime Minister for International Dialogue, Poland

Day 2

Time Description

Keynote address

09:15 - 10:30

Labour exploitation of irregular migrants

Panel debate and plenary discussion with policy makers and practitioners:

  • Michel Quillé, Deputy Director and Head of Operation Department, EUROPOL
  • Padraig Dooley, Deputy Director, National Employment Rights Authority (NERA), Ireland
  • Irena Lipowicz, Human Rights Defender of the Republic of Poland
  • Sam Hägglund, General Secretary, European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW)
  • Pedro Augusto Almeida Freire, Vice-President, Confederation of Portuguese Commerce and Services (CCP), Member of the European Economic and Social Committee

10:30-10:50 Coffee break

Working Groups - From promising practices to making rights a reality


A rights-based approach to migration policies - Summary from the working groups and next steps

Panel debate with the working group chairs from UNICEF, International Labour Organization, Council of Europe and European Commission.


Closing remarks

13:30-15:00 Lunch

Conference Organisation


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