EPSS Lecture: ‘Europe: “flooded” by immigrants? Myths, realities, political implications’

Vesalius College is pleased to invite you to the evening lecture on:

‘Europe: “flooded” by immigrants? Myths, realities, political implications’

  • Speaker: Rainer Münz (Special Adviser on Migration and Demography, European Strategy Policy Centre, European Commission)
  • Date: 15 November (Thu)
  • Time: 18:00 – 20:00
  • Place: Rome Room, Vesalius College (Pleinlaan 5, 1050 Brussels)


Large numbers of irregular migrants and refugees have arrived at Europe’s Southern shores during the years 2015-2017. Many of them have managed moving on to North-Western Europe. This has caused a backlash against immigration in general and the concept of humanitarian protection in particular, first fueled by populists, but then taken over by mainstream parties; it has also helped getting former fringe parties into government.

The lecture analyses regular and irregular migration/refugee flows to Europe as well as their public perception and political repercussions; and it discusses recent development in migration policy at EU member state and European levels.


Rainer Münz is Adviser on Migration and Demography at the European Strategy Policy Centre (EPSC), the in-house think tank advising European Commission President J.C. Juncker. 

Prior to joining the EPSC, Rainer Münz was Head of Research and Development at Erste Group, a Central European retail bank headquartered in Vienna. He also worked as Senior Fellow at the European think tank Bruegel (Brussels), the Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI) and at the Migration Policy Institute (MPI, Washington DC).

Until 2004, Rainer Münz had an academic career as researcher at the Austrian Academy of Sciences and at the Department of Mathematics of Finance/ TU Vienna, as well as university professor at Humboldt University in Berlin. He currently teaches at the Central European University (CEU), Budapest and at the University of St. Gallen (HSG).

In 2000-01, Rainer Münz was member of the German commission on immigration reform (Suessmuth commission). Between 2008 and 2010, he was Member of the high level “Reflection Group Horizon 2020-2030” of the European Council. Currently, he is one of the chairs of KNOMAD, the World Bank’s Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development and chair of IOM’s Migration Advisory Board.

Attendance is free but registration is required.
Please, register HERE.