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Diaspora:The Case for an EU policy

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“By tapping into the experiences, the energy, the expertise of diaspora communities, we can reverse the so-called ‘brain drain’ that slows progress in so many countries around the world, and instead offer the benefits of ‘brain gain’”

- Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State, 2012 Global Diaspora Forum
Date: September 25th
Time: 09:30 - 12:30
Location: Room ASP3E2, European Parliament, Brussels
Around the world, Diaspora is gaining unprecedented attention from policymakers. 2012 has seen the first Global African Diaspora Summit bring together 64 Heads of State and the second annual Global Diaspora Forum convened by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Seeking to build on this momentum, ISC, together with host Emer Costello MEP, is organising a seminar in Brussels to discuss the impact of Diaspora on EU policy priorities and explore options for making Diaspora a theme of EU policy. The seminar, to be followed by a lunch in the European Parliament by invitation, will take place in the European Parliament in Brussels on September 25th, 2012.
The event will bring together MEPs and officials from EU institutions, embassy representatives, academia and industry and will feature speaker presentations followed by an open panel  discussion. Participants will examine options for Diaspora as a theme of EU policy, with particular emphasis on how this can support job creation and entrepreneurship, scientific research and innovation, education and development cooperation. Strategic steps will be identified for advancing and implementing this policy at EU level, including the potential for an EU pilot project in Diaspora.
Speakers will include:
 •Emer Costello, Member of the European Parliament
•Romi Bhatia, Senior Advisor for Diaspora Partnerships ,USAID, Washington D.C.
•Yevgeny Kuznetsov, Senior Economist, World Bank, Washington D.C.
•Baroness Detta O’Cathain, House of Lords, United Kingdom
•Dr Brian Lambkin, Centre for Migration Studies, Northern Ireland
•Professor Lizbeth Goodman, Chair of Creative Innovation Technology, University College Dublin
•Professor Liam Kennedy, Clinton Institute for American Studies, University College Dublin
Full agenda to be added shortly.


  1. Seminar Report


09:00 -

Registration at the European Parliament (Place du Luxembourg entrance).

Participants will be greeted by staff from ISC and staff from the office of Emer Costello MEP. On being greeted at the entrance, guests will receive their access badges to the building.
Participants will be escorted to the event location “in groups” by staff from the offices of ISC and Emer Costello.

Please remember to bring identification with you in case it is necessary for your access badge.

09:30 - 12:30

Room ASP3A2 - Seminar on Diaspora as a theme of EU policy


Emer Costello MEP


Declan Kirrane, ISC Intelligence in Science


Romi Bhatia, Senior Advisor for Diaspora Partnerships, USAID, Washington D.C.

Yevgeny Kuznetsov, Senior research Fellow, Migration Policy Institute and Consultant, World Bank

Baroness Detta O’Cathain, House of Lords, United Kingdom

Dr Brian Lambkin, Director of the Centre for Migration Studies, Omagh, Northern Ireland

Professor Jean-Baptise Meyer, Institut de recherche pour le développement, Paris

Professor Liam Kennedy, Director, Clinton Institute for American Studies, UCD

Prof Lizbeth Goodman, SMARTlab Founder and Director, Ireland/UK/Europe