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Second Annual Conference of the Western Balkans Migration Network Held
May 24, 2017

Second Annual Conference of the Western Balkans Migration Network Held

On Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20, the Second Annual Conference of the Western Balkans Migration Network was held at International Burch University with support from the Department of International Relations and European Studies.


International Burch University was the host of the Second Annual Conference of the Western Balkans Migration Network on the topic of "Migration in the Western Balkans: what do we know?"

After eminent experts on the topic and other officials spoke at the opening of the Conference, the Hristina Cipusheva Best Paper Award was formally awarded to Ms. Tena Prelec of the University of Sussex for her paper on the topic of "Serbian diaspora's political views."

Prof. dr. Russell King of the University of Sussex was the keynote speaker and spoke about return migration using the example of Albania. Prof. dr. Damir Marjanović of International Burch University, Aiša Telalović of the Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Miloš Prica of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Nermin Oruč of the Western Balkans Migration Network also delivered opening speeches and opened the conference.

Two plenary sessions and 11 individual panels were held. The first plenary session was chaired by Prof. dr. Damir Marjanović, the rector of the International Burch University, and focused on migration as it related to the Western Balkans and the European Union. The second one was chaired by Prof. dr. Ešref Kenan Rašidagić, the dean of the Faculty of Economics and Social Studies at International Burch University, and focused on the financial effects of migration, including remittances, the modes of movement of migrants, and the EU's external borders.