Enhancing cooperation among the Prague Process states

Webinar on the impact of the Corona-crisis on migration

Monday, 04 May 2020,  8:00 - 17:00

Location: online webinar

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We would hereby like to invite you to the Prague Process webinar The impact of the Corona-crisis on migration taking place on 15 May 2020. Professor Rainer Münz, a lecturer at the Austrian Diplomatic Academy in Vienna and the Central European University, will present and answer questions on this important matter.

The webinar will address possible scenarios of how labour migration may evolve in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic (and thereafter), drawing lessons learned and related experiences from the financial crises of a decade ago. Professor Münz will also assess how the labour shortages presently witnessed in many countries of destination are to be understood in the context of the simultaneous explosion of unemployment rates. The questions in how far irregular migration represents a health threat to receiving societies and whether the remittances urgently needed in the countries of origin will increase or decrease shall also be discussed.

Until recently, Professor Münz has served as an Adviser on Migration and Demography at the European Strategy Policy Centre (EPSC), the in-house think tank advising European Commission President J.C. Juncker during his time in office. Prior to joining the European Commission, Rainer Münz was Head of Research and Development at Erste Group, a Central European retail bank headquartered in Vienna. He was 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). He also worked as a consultant for the European Council, the OECD and the World Bank. Prior to this, Rainer Münz had an academic career as a researcher at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, 1980-1992, and at the Department of Mathematics of Finance/TU Vienna, 2002-2004, as well as a tenured university professor at Humboldt University, Berlin, 1993-2003. He also was visiting professor at the Universities of Bamberg, UC Berkeley, the American University in Cairo (AUC), Frankfurt/M., HU Jerusalem, Klagenfurt, St. Gallen (HSG), Vienna and Zurich.

The webinar will be held in English with simultaneous interpretation into Russian and will last approximately 1,5 hour.

There will be time for Q&A following Professor Münz’s presentation. You can submit your questions in advance to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or during the webinar itself.

Time: May 15th, 10:30 AM CET (Berlin time), 11:30 AM (Moscow time) or 01:30 PM (Nur-Sultan time)