Invitation EMN-World Bank Group: roundtable on perceptions of migration

The European Migration Network (EMN) and the World Bank Group (WBG) have the pleasure to invite you to a discussion on the topic of 'Public perceptions of migration', taking place online on the 13 April, 4.00 - 5:30 pm CET.

With the backdrop of emerging innovative pilot initiatives on migration this topic has special relevance. The purpose of this roundtable discussion is to engage and advance our understanding of the following questions:

  • What are the most significant public misperceptions in migration and why does this matter?
  • How can public attitudes and opinions be changed, if at all?
  • What can we learn from communication experts on how to communicate better with the public and what role the media or public institutions play in this endeavour?


  • Sunder Katwala, Director of British Future: “What can we learn from talking about immigration?”
  • James Dennison, Professor at the Migration Policy Centre of the European University Institute: “Can attitudes and opinions be changed, and if so, how?”
  • Irene Bloemraad, Director of the Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative: “Views on Immigration: Tackling Hearts more than Minds”

Interventions from practitioners in the field

  • Sophia Burton from the Migration Matters initiative
  • Jean-Christophe Dumont from the NETCOM initiative at the OECD
  • Representative of The Anti-Rumour Strategy from the City of Barcelona (tbc)

Moderator: Manjula Luthria, Senior Economist at the World Bank
Opening and closing remarks: Julia Lendorfer, Head of Research and Migration Law at IOM (EMN AT)

Please see a short background note for the virtual event.
We kindly ask you to register here.