61th International Study Congress 2011 Leiden, Netherlands

61th International Study Congress

on the subject

Integration and Identity

Leiden, Netherlands, September 21 – September 24,  2011

Webster University
Boommarkt 1
Tel: +31.71.514.4341

Conference Language: English


 The yearly AWR Conference has this year as its central theme: „Integration and Identities.”
The challenge today’s societies would appear to face is how to promote integration – if indeed integration is crucial for social cohesion, mutual trust and active participation in society – without stepping upon the individual’s identity, without treading upon the other’s self.  

 Chair:                                   Prof. Dr. Peter van Krieken
                                               Vice-President of the AWR;
                                               Webster University, et al.


Thursday, September 22, 2011


08:30 – 09:00               Registration of participants

 09:00                            Opening Session

Welcoming Speech

Prof. Dr. Andrzej Sakson, President of AWR International, Instytut Zachodni, Poznan, Poland


Welcoming remarks

Academic and Political Authorities (inter alia Webster University)


Welcoming Lecture on Leiden as a City of Migrants

Cor Smit, Historian, Leiden, Netherlands


Opening Address and Introduction into Subject: Integration and Identities:

Prof. Dr. Ralf Roßkopf, President of the AWR Scientific Council, University of Applied Sciences Wuerzburg-Schweinfurt, Germany


10:45 – 11:15                Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:45                1st Working Session: Integration: Conceptual Issues and Benchmarking

Integration Politics and Cultural Rights

Dr. Marco Odello, Senior Lecturer in Law, Aberystwyth University, UK

Sociological and Legal Concepts underlying the International Protection of “The Others”
(Migrant Workers, Refugees, Roma, Persons belonging to National Minorities)

Dr. Alberta Fabbricotti, Vice President of the AWR Scientific Council, University La Sapienza, Rome, Italy

Germany’s First Integration Indicator Report – Concept, Findings and Development

Dr. Dietrich Engels, Institut für Sozialforschung und Gesellschaftspolitik, Köln, Germany


Austria’s Integration Indicators of the National Action Plan for Integration – Concept, Findings and Development

Stephan Marik-Lebeck, Statistic Austria Vienna, Austria

12:45 – 13:00                Discussion

13:00 – 14:00                Lunch at Webster University

14:00 – 15:00                2nd Working Session:  The EU Agenda for Integration and Best Practice

From National Integration Plan towards National Integration Action Plan – A Roadmap to Binding and Measurable Objectives

N.N., Federal Agency for Migration and Refugees, Germany (tbc)

The EU Integration Agenda – Prospects

Diane Schmitt, European Commission, Directorate-General Home Affairs (tbc)

Prospects for an Integration Directive – Pros and Cons

Prof. Dr. Peter van Krieken, Vice-President of the AWR; Webster University, et al., Leiden, Netherlands

15:00 – 15:15                Discussion

15:15 – 15:30                Coffee Break

15:30 – 17:15                2nd Working Session (continued)

 National Integration Program, Integration Courses, Integration Contracts and Naturalization

N.N, Staff of Minister of State, Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration, Germany


Urbanization and Integration

Drs. Frans Bouwen, Director of External Relations, The Hague Process, Netherlands


Integration, Social Cohesion and Citizenship: the new Netherlands Integration Policy

Dr. Wieke Vink, special advisor, Ministry of the Interior


ICMPD's involvement in European migration and integration activities

Alenka Prvinsek (Slovenia, ICMPD, Vienna)


17:15 – 17:45                Discussion

17:45: drinks at Webster; 1930: dinner at restaurant la Bota


Friday, September 23, 2011

 08:45 – 09:30                Extra Session: Inclusive Migration Curricula: A comparison and Efforts                               to improve Migration Studies Curricula:

A special session on effectiveness and success of migration and asylum curricula (primarily benefitting our Georgian and Moldovan guests)   

 09:30 – 10:30                3rd Working Session: Factors Influencing the Process of Integration and
                                   the Impact of Non-Integration

 The Question of the Second Generation: Integration or Segregation

Prof. Dr. Barbara Franz, AWR Correspondent, Rider University, Lawrenceville, USA

 The Costs of Non-Integration vs. the Costs of Integration Politics

Tobias Fritschi, Lic. rer. pol., Lecturer, University of Applied Sciences Bern, Switzerland

 Recognition of Foreign Degrees

Prof. Dr. Theodor Lemper, Executive President, Otto Benecke Stiftung, Bonn, AWR, Germany (asked)

 10:30 – 10:45                Discussion

 10:45 – 11:00                Coffee Break

 11:00 – 12:00                4th Working Session: National Integration Reports

 Integration and Identities in Italy

Ngô Đình Lệ Quyên, Caritas Rome, President of AWR Italy, Italy

Integration and Identities in Austria

Prof. Dr. Andrea Seidler, University Vienna, Austria


Hungary: Migrant Integration in Hungary: Policies, Facts and Analyzes

Dr. Réka Friedery, Ph.D., Research Fellow, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, AWR, Hungary


12:00 – 12:15                Discussion

12:15 – 13:15                Lunch at Webster University                       

13:15 – 14:00                4th Working Session (continued)


Dr. Wilfried Marxer, Liechtenstein Institute, Bendern, Liechtenstein


Poland: Integration of Chechnen Refugees in Poland

Prof. Dr. Andrzej Sakson, President of AWR, Instytut Zachodni, Poznan, Poland


14:00 – 14:15                Discussion

14:15 – 15:30                5th Working Session: The Arabic Revolution and its Impact on the
                                   European Refugee System


The Refugee Situation in the Arabic States and Greece

N.N., UNHCR (to be confirmed)


IOM and the North Africa migratory challenges

Drs. Joost van der Aalst, IOM Chief of Mission, the Netherlands


The Lampedusa Crisis from an Italian and European Standpoint

Dr. Daniella Vitiello, University La Sapienza, Rome, AWR, Italy

Greece, the Refugee Challenge and the New European Asylum Support Office

Iris Gachowetz, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Federal Asylum Agency, General Secretary of AWR Austria, Vienna, Austria

 15:30 – 15:45                Discussion

15:45 – 16:15                Coffee break


 16:15 – 17:45                AWR General Assembly

                                   (for members only)


19:30 Dinner at Noordwijk (beach): restaurant (to be reached by bus)


 Saturday, September 24, 2011 (excursion starting 11:00 hrs)


10:00 – 11:00                Extra Session: The Hague Legal Capital:

                                   What was the role of Kaiser Wilhelm in getting the PCIJ to the PCA-building?

                                   (introductory lecture for today’s excursion to The Hague)


 Meetings of the Various Councils / Boards

 Wednesday, September 21, 2011:

14:30 – 16:30                Directory, Presidency, Scientific Council, Editorial Board


 Social Events:

Wednesday, September 21, 2011:

17:30                           Drinks/Dinner at the Van Krieken Residence, Oegstgeest, Piet Heinlaan 41

                                   Bus from Prinsessekade @17:48: 32/50 (abtspoelweg)

Thursday, September 22, 2011:

18:00                           Reception at Webster (offered by Webster University)

19:00                           Dinner at La Bota, Leiden, Herensteeg 9, +31.71.514.6340 @euro 25


Friday, September 23, 2011:

19:30                           Dinner at La Galleria, Kon. Wlihelmina Boulevard 18, Noordwijk (beach)

                                   (18:53 Prinsessekade 169/40; or: 13/44; Busstop Vuurtorenplein


Saturday, September 24, 2011: Excursion to The Hague (by foot and/or bike and/or train)