Mobilities, Transitions, Transformations

How to support highly skilled migrants and refugees

roundtable discussion

More than a million migrants and refugees crossed into Europe in 2015, many of them are highly skilled. Several local, regional, national and Europe-wide programmes were initiated recently to support these people and create a 'refugee-welcoming’ conditions in higher educational and research organisations.
Participants of the roundtable discussions will introduce some initiatives and talk about the difficulties and possibilities of supporting highly skilled migrants. Initiative of the European Commission, Science4Refugees will be introduced. This programme matches talented refugees and asylum seekers who have a scientific background to find suitable positions, including internships and part-time and full-time jobs. Central European University has several initiatives addressed to refugees, such as CEU OLIve - the Open Learning Initiative, in which weekend courses are organised for refugees and asylum seekers in Hungary. Legal background of the topic will also be discussed including factors in the field of employment and social issues which can support migrants, their families and their integration.

Participants of the discussion:
Éva Lukács Gellérné, senior counsellor at the Ministry of Human Capacities
Prem Kumar Rajaram, Central European University
Katalin Kálai, EURAXESS Hungary and Science4Refugees initiative
Moderator: Bori Simonovits, TÁRKI & Eötvös Loránd University

Dr. Éva Lukács Gellérné Ph.D. is a lawyer and active in the field of free movement of persons for more than 15 years. She is negotiating international legal issues and is responsible for social and employment affairs. She is author of several books and articles in English and in Hungarian.

Prem Kumar Rajaram is Associate Professor of Sociology and Social Anthropology at Central European University and Co-Director of CEU’s refugee education program, the Open Learning Initiative (OLIve), as well as Academic Director of CEU’s Roma Graduate Preparation Program, a one year post-graduate preparatory program for Roma BA students.  At OLIve Dr Rajaram works with a team to deliver weekend courses for refugees and asylum seekers in Hungary aiming to assist economic and social participatio of refugees in the country.  OLIve will establish a one-year university preparatory program for refugees in January 2017, focusing on intensive academic and English courses, as part of an Erasmus+ consortium including the University of Vienna and the University of East London that will establish preparatory programs for refugees across Europe.  Dr Rajaram’s research focuses on the relationship of refugees and asylum seekers in Europe to the state and to global capitalism and has published widely in these fields.  His latest book is Ruling the Margins: Colonial Rule and Administrative Power in the Past and Present (Routledge, 2015).

Katalin Kálai is a project manager at Bay Zoltan Nonprofit Ltd. for Applied Research, Hungary. She is a member of the coordinating team of EURAXESS Hungary. She has participated in several projects related to mobility and career development of researchers.

Bori Simonovits (PhD in Sociology, AMA in Social Policy Analysis) is a senior researcher at TÁRKI. Her major research interests include methodology (especially experimental designs), international migration, xenophobia, discrimination and social attitudes. The title of her dissertation (2012) is Measurement of discrimination with a special focus on controlled field experiment. Currently she takes part in researches, focusing on the integration of migrants and other migration related policy issues. As a member of the Hungarian team of the FRANET (European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights) she has been working as a social field expert since 2014, responsible for designing and implementing various research projects related to migration, equality, situation of minority groups and fundamental rights. Besides her research activities, she is a visiting lecturer at Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest) in the field of international migration labour market discrimination and research methodologies.