YEL Discussion Forum

Go to: Speakers June 22

The Young European Leadership Discussion Forum aims to engage a young and diverse audience in crucial topics for Europe and youth at large. The events stimulate the exchange among young people as well as debate between youth and topic experts from different sectors such as politics, academia, private, media, and NGOs.

Why are YEL Discussion Fora unique?

  • Energy of like-minded individuals;
  • Networking opportunities;
  • Meet experts and influencers face-to-face;
  • In depth knowledge of discussed topics;
  • Investing in your own growth.

YEL Discussion Forum on Migration: June 22nd in Brussels

The Young European Leadership Discussion Forum on Migration took place on June 22nd, in Brussels, and focused on the challenges of integrating refugees and migrants in European societies, with a local and European perspective. The speakers discussed a number of topics such as the root causes of migration towards Europe, the benefits it brings to its ageing society, the potential ways to reach complete integration and how to develop efficient migration policies. The debate addressed questions concerning regulation of migration policies, integration and measures to be taken in countries of origin from a European and local perspective.

Collage YEL Discussion Forum 22 June 2017

Co-financed by Europe for CitizensThe event was organised by Young European Leadership in collaboration with Debating Europe. The event concluded a pan-European debate cycle, with events having been held in Berlin, Budapest, and Valletta. The debate was co-financed by the Europe for Citizens programme of the European Union.

Watch the YEL Discussion Forum from 22 June 2017.


Name Background and YEL Event
Ms. Claire Courteille-Mulder Director of the Brussels Office, International Labour Organization
Ms. Catherine Woollard Secretary General, European Council on Refugees and Exiles
Mr. Antoine Savary Deputy Head of Unit, Legal Migration and Integration, European Commission, DG HOME
Mr. Romain Gustot Junior Project Officer, MIEUX (MIgration EU eXpertise), International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), Brussels Mission
Moderator: Luiza Nita (YEL)
Opening remarks: YEL President Tillmann Heidelk

Thank you to Francesco Baiocchi for supporting the video production.