Bratislava, 24 October 2016

The first Round Table took place on 24 October 2016 in Bratislava (Slovakia) on the topic of migration. Experts from Europe and the United States discussed the main issues concerning migration together with experts and high‑level representatives of from various services of the European Commission. The Round Table was opened by the then-Deputy Director-General of Eurostat, Ms. Mariana Kotzeva.


The experts underlined the increasing importance of the phenomenon and the need for more accurate, timely and harmonised data that will allow a better understanding of migration and its wide range of features. All experts agreed on the importance of having a better view of motivations, channels of migration, behaviours, skills and level of integration of immigrants, particularly from non-EU countries. The round table also touched upon emigration from EU countries, and on its impact on the countries of origin.

Moreover, the discussion covered possible strategies for collecting and releasing more detailed and timely data, which will give a better picture of migration for evidence based policies. The experts will write articles on the most promising of the topics discussed at the Round Table in an Outlook Report. This report will be discussed at the high-level conference “Power from Statistics; Data, Information and knowledge” on the future of official statistics, which will take place in Brussels on 18 and 19 October 2017.


Laurent Aujean, Directorate-General Migration and Home affairs (European Commission)
Laurent Aujean is Policy Officer at the European Commission’s Directorate-General Migration and Home affairs (DG HOME).

Laurent Aujean

Emanuele Baldacci, Eurostat (European Commission)
Emanuele Baldacci Is Director of methodology and corporate statistical and IT services at Eurostat. Previously, he has worked in various senior positions at Istat, the International Monetary Fund, SACE and the World Bank.

Emanuele Baldacci

Jakub Bijak, University of Southampton
Mr Jakub Bijak, is an Associate Professor in Demography at the University of Southampton, a recipient of the Allianz European Demographer Award (2015) and the Jerzy Z Holzer Medal (2007). He holds a PhD from the Warsaw School of Economics, obtained for work on Bayesian migration forecasting. Previously, he worked in the Central European Forum for Migration and Population Research in Warsaw, and in the Demographic Unit of the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague. As a statistical demographer, he works on demographic uncertainty, modelling and forecasting of migration and population processes, and demography of conflict and violence.

Jakub Bijak

Elisabetta Carfagna, Editor of the Outlook Report
Elisabetta Carfagna is full professor of statistics at the University of Bologna. She started her academic career after having reached a managerial position in the R&D department of a leading Italian company. She has lead and participated in international research and capacity development projects, in collaboration with several international organizations and national institutions, among which FAO, Eurostat, JRC, US and Italian Governments and Gates Foundation.
She was asked to design and start up the implementation of the Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics.

Elisabetta Carfagna

Adriana Davidescu, Round Table Moderator
Adriana Davidescu is an Associate Professor at the Department of Statistics and Econometrics of the Bucharest University of Economic Studies.

Adriana Davidescu

Martina Hahn, Eurostat (European Commission)
Martina Hahn is Head of Unit at Eurostat for Methodology and Corporate Architecture. Before joining Eurostat in 2001, she worked in the Federal Statistical Office of Germany. She studied Economics at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Konstanz from which she graduated.

Martina Hahn

Eivind Hoffmann, Senior Consultant
Mr Eivind Hoffmann joined the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) in February 2004 as head of its Statistics and Analysis Division. From February 2011 to February 2014 he represented UDI in the Norwegian Contact Point for the European Migration Network (NO EMN NCP). Before joining UDI he worked in Statistics Norway (12 years) and ILO (20 years) developing tools for labour and migration statistics. Following his retirement he has had consulting assignments for UDI, the Norwegian Identity Centre, IOM and ILO.

Eivind Hoffmann

Piotr Juchno, Eurostat unit F2 (Population and migration)

Piotr Juchno

Martin Karlberg, Eurostat (European Commission)
Dr. Martin Karlberg is team leader for Research and Innovation in Official Statistics at Eurostat. Before joining the European Commission in 2003, he worked at Statistics Sweden, AstraZeneca, and at Stockholm University (from where he was awarded his PhD in statistics in 1997).

Martin Karlberg

Maria Katerinkova, National Statistical Office
Maria Katerinkova is an expert on migration statistics at the Statistical Office of the Slovak Republic.

Maria Katerinkova

Mariana Kotzeva, Eurostat (European Commission)
Mariana Kotzeva, who is a Bulgarian national, joined Eurostat as a special adviser (Adviser hors classe) in April 2012. In July 2014, she became Deputy Director-General, in January 2017 she became Acting Director-General and, as from 1 March 2018, she has been Director-General of Eurostat. Ms Kotzeva has a Master's degree in economics and a PhD in statistics and econometrics.

Mariana Kotzeva

Giampaolo Lanzieri, Eurostat unit F2 (Population and migration)

Giampaolo Lanzieri

Rainer Münz, European Political Strategy Centre (European Commission)
Rainer Münz, is a special adviser on Migration and Demography at the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC). He is an expert on population change, international migration and demographic aging, their economic impact and their implications for retail banking and social security systems.

Rainer Münz

Luca Pappalardo, Directorate-General Migration and Home affairs (European Commission)
Luca Pappalardo is Policy Officer, at the European Commission’s Directorate-General Migration and Home affairs (DG HOME).

Luca Pappalardo

Jason Schachter, United States Census Bureau
Dr. Jason Schachter is chief of the Net International Migration Branch at US Census Bureau. He formerly served as an expert on migration statistics with the Statistics Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. He has worked in the fields of demography and statistics for over twenty years and has numerous publications on the topic of migration statistics. He received his PhD in Rural Sociology and Demography from Pennsylvania State University, examining internal U.S. migration patterns and reasons for moving of international migrants.

Jason Schachter

Madeleine Sumption, The University of Oxford's Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS)
Madeleine Sumption is the Director of the Migration Observatory at COMPAS. She has particular expertise in visa policy and the role of migrants in the labour market. Her research interests include labour migration, the economic impacts of migration policies, and immigrant integration. She has also done comparative research on government policies towards immigrant investors, illegal employment, immigration in trade agreements, and the recognition of foreign qualifications. Before joining the Observatory, Madeleine was Director of Research for the international program at the Migration Policy Institute in Washington, DC.

Madeleine Sumption

Filip Tanay, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (European Commission)
Filip Tanay is an Economist/Statistician Policy Analyst at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG EMPL).

Filip Tanay

Adam Wronski, Eurostat (European Commission)
Adam Wronski, Head of Eurostat unit F2 (population and migration); unit F2 takes care of statistics for migration, demography, population projections, EU census of population and housing and the ADMIN project helping MSs to make better use of administrative data in the production of official statistics.

Adam Wronski