8th Council of Europe Conference of ministers responsible for migration affairs
on 'Economic migration, social cohesion and development : towards an integrated approach',

4-5 September 2008, Kyiv, Ukraine


Press release


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Video of the opening session

Video of the speech by Terry Davis

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Final Declaration (PDF Format) - EN, FR

Proceedings of the Conference - EN/FR

Thematic report:

  • Table of contents - EN, FR
  • Executive Summary - EN, FR
  • Introduction - EN, FR
  • Chapter I Migration Management: Towards Social And Economic Well-Being - EN, FR
  • Chapter II Development and Migration - EN, FR
  • Chapter III Migration and Social Cohesion - EN, FR
  • Chapter IV An Integrated Policy Agenda - EN, FR
  • Bibliography - EN, FR


Strasbourg, 27.08.2008 – Migration Ministers from the 47 Council of Europe member states will meet on 4 and 5 September in Kyiv (Ukraine) to discuss current challenges and develop common responses to migration in Europe.

Discussions will focus on the management of economic migration and its consequences on economic development and social cohesion, with a view to promoting co-operation between receiving and origin countries and sharing the benefits of migration more equitably between them. The conference aims to develop an integrated approach and help European countries respond to challenges in a coherent way.

The opening session will be addressed by Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and Interior Minister Yurii Lutsenko, Swedish Migration and Asylum Policy Minister Tobias Billstrom (Swedish Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe), Parliamentary Assembly Vice-President and Migration Committee Chairperson Corien Jonker, Council of Europe Congress President Yavuz Mildon and French Minister for Immigration, Integration, National Identity and Cooperative Development Brice Hortefeux.


Mr Terry Davis, Secretary General of  the Council of Europe

Mr Hryhoriy Nemyrya, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine on behalf of Mrs Yulia Tymoshenko, Prime Minister of Ukraine
Speech - EN, ua


Mr Tobias Billstrom, Minister for Migration and Asylum Policy, Swedish Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe: ''To maximise the benefits of migration and minimise the difficulties sometimes engendered''



Mrs Corien Jonker, Vice-President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe: " To encourage migrants to become active in the democratic process

Mr Yavuz Mildon, President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe: ''Human rights don’t have a sell-by date''


Introductory remarks on the Conference themes

Mr Brice Hortefeux, Minister for Immigration, Integration, National Identity and Development Partnership,
French Presidency of the European Union
Speech - EN, FR

Mr Yurii Lutsenko, Minister of Internal Affairs, Ukraine
Speech - EN, FR, ua
Session I – Economic migration and its management
Keynote speeches Ms Astrid Thors, Minister of Migration and European Affairs, Finland
Speech - EN, FR

Mr José Magalhães, Deputy Minister of the Interior, Portugal
Speech - EN, FR

Mr Konstantin Romodanovskiy, Director of the Federal Migration Service, Russian Federation
Speech - EN, FR, ru

Session II – Economic migration and development
Keynote speeches Mr Prokopis Pavlopoulos, Minister of the Interior, Greece
Speech - EN, FR

Mrs Lyudmyla Denysova, Minister of Labour and Social Policy, Ukraine
Speech - EN, FR, ua

Session III – Economic migration and social cohesion
Keynote speeches Mr Peter Altmaier, Parliamentary State Secretary, Ministry of the Interior, Germany
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Mr Christer Hallerby, State Secretary, Ministry for Integration and Gender Equality, Sweden
Speech - EN, FR

Session IV – Towards an integrated approach
Keynote speeches Mrs Nebahat Albayrak, Deputy Minister of Justice, Netherlands
Speech - EN, FR

Mrs Annemie Turtelboom, Minister of Migration and Asylum Policy, Federal Government, Belgium
Speech - EN, FR