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 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.