European Migration Network VII National Seminar

In Focus: Dignified Return and Alternatives to Detention

5th of June 2014

Best Western Premier Hotel Katajanokka, Helsinki  




09:00                  Registration and breakfast


09:30                  Welcome by Kielo Brewis, National Coordinator, European Migration Network

                         Finland (EMN)

                         Opening words by Päivi Nerg, Chief of Staff, Ministry of the Interior


09:45                  Keynote puhe: Curbing Irregular Migration, and Managing Return and Detention 

                         in Compliance with Fundamental Rights

                         Ann-Charlotte Nygård,  European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)


10:15                  EMN-studies: Detention and Alternatives to Detention and 

                         Return and Reintegration of Irregular Migrants

                             - Detention and Alternatives to Detention, EMN Germany Janne Grote

                             - Good Practices in the Return and Reintegration of Irregular Migrants,

                               EMN Poland Joanna Sosnowska

                             - Detention and Alterntives to Detention, preliminary results from the

                               EMN synthesis report, EMN Service provider ICF-GHK Margaret James


11:45                                                     BOOK LAUNCH

           "Oikeus sosiaaliturvan ja terveydenhuoltoon maahanmuuttajan näkökulmasta"

                      Finnish publication of the EMN Study on Social Security and Healthcare for Migrants



12:00 – 13:00                                             LUNCH


13:00                   National Perspectives on Voluntary Return

                          - Government Proposal on Legislation on Voluntary Return

                            Jorma Kantola, Legislative Counsellor, Immigration Department,

                            Ministry of the Interior

                          - The Role of the Finnish Immigration Service in Devloping Permanent

                            Structures for Voluntary Return,

                            Hanna Helinko, Director, Legal Service and Country Information Unit,

                            Finnish Immigration Service

                          - After returning? - Support for voluntary returnees by the International

                            Organization for Migration (IOM), Tobias van Treeck,

                            Project Coordinator, IOM Helsinki


13:45                   Comment Päivi Keskitalo, Senior Officer,

                          The Office of the Ombudsman for Minorities 


14:00 - 14:30                                                COFFEE BREAK


14:30                 Panel Discussion: Dignified Return and Alternatives to Detention in Finland

                            - Frank Johansson,  Director, Amnesty International, Finland 

                            - Liisa Lintuluoto, Inspector, Helsinki Police Department

                            - Päivi Keskitalo, Senior Officer, The Office of the Ombudsman for Minorities 

                            - Katja Tuominen, Free Movement Network

                            - Tobias van Treeck, Project Coordinator, IOM Helsinki

                            - Jari Kähkönen, Director, Joutseno Reception Centre 

                            - Pekka Nuutinen, Director, Metsälä Reception Centre


15:30 - 15:45     Questions and Discussion


15:45 - 16:00     Closing words - Kielo Brewis, National Coordinator, EMN FInland


Speaker introductions


Ann-Charlotte Nygård is a member of the Asylum, Migration and Borders team of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA). Her areas of expertise with respect to the FRA’s work are: fundamental rights of irregular migrants and rights in the context of borders and visas. She focuses mainly on stakeholder engagement in her work, and she is also the EMN focal point within the FRA. Before joining the Agency she managed and coordinated capacity building and research projects as well as inter-governmental policy dialogues to strengthen migration governance at the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD). She has elaborated a number of national and regional strategies and action plans, studies and policy recommendations in the field of migration and its various sub-fields. She has also worked at the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (UN-HABITAT) in Nairobi, Kenya and at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). She holds a master’s degree in international relations, with a major in public international law and a specialization in human rights law.


Janne Grote is a researcher at the National Contact Point of the European Migration Network within the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees in Germany. He was responsible for conducting the study on the use of detention and alternatives to detention in the context of immigration policies in Germany. Alongside he finsishes his PhD at the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) on the identity construction of German adolescents with Turkish, Ghanaian, Polish and without migration background in transition after school. Before joining EMN he worked as an editor and later chief editor of the newsletter "Migration and Population" published by the Network Migration in Europe in cooperation with the German Federal Agency for Civic Education. He holds a masters degree in sociology, political science and anthropology. In the autumn of 2014, he will publish in collaboration with three collegues a volume on refusal, discrimination and violence among adolescents in the German migration society. 


Joanna Sosnowska is a graduate of the Institute of International Relations at the Faculty of Journalism and Political Science and the Centre of Latin American Studies at Warsaw University, Political Science at Collegium Civitas and Postgraduate Studies in the field of contemporary international migration at the Faculty of Economics, Warsaw University. She has twice been a scholar of the Mexican government and studied at Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico w Centro de Investigaciones sobre America Latica y el Caribe. Since 2006, she has been dealing with international migration and cooperating with the Analysis Division of the Department of Migration Policy of the Ministry of the Interior where - as an analyst – she has been in charge of monitoring the phenomenon of migration from the countries of Latin America and Asia, preparing Polish migration policy and cooperating with international institutions and national NGOs dealing with issues of migration and asylum. Since 2010, she has been working at the National Contact Point of the European Migration Network in Poland.


Jorma Kantola is a legislative counsellor at the Immigration Department of the Ministry of the Interior. He has drafted immigration legislation in the Ministry of the Interior beginning in 1998. He has also worked as a head of section at the Finnish Immigration Service in 2009-2010.  


Tobias van Treeck works as a Programme Officer at the IOM Country Office in Finland. He is responsible on behalf of the IOM for the Voluntary Assisted Return and Reintegration Programme in Finland, which is a joint programme by IOM Helsinki and the Finnish Immigration Service. The programme started at the beginning of 2013 and continues until end of June 2015. Tobias has worked on several IOM projects related to immigrant integration as well as migration and development. Tobias van Treeck has a Master in Political Science.


Frank Johansson works as Director of Operations at the Finnish branch of Amnesty International since 1996. Between 1990-1996 he worked as the Information Officer at the Finnish branch of Amnesty International. Before Amnesty International he worked as a foreign correspondent at the Huvudstadsbladet and Dagens Nyheter newspapers. As a journalist, he has spent a lot of time in East and South Africa. In the autumn of 2013, a collection of articles edited by Mr. Johansson was published, the theme of the collection is the critical observation of humanitarianism. 


Katja Tuominen has been an independent migration activist since 2002. Within the Vapaa Liikkuvuus-network (Free Movement network) she has mainly been responsible for political lobbying and giving free weekly advice to migrants. The Free Movement-network assists migrants in championing for their rights. The network has participated in resisting removals, campaigning asylum seekers' rights of residence and defending the rights of Roma migrants in Helsinki. The network also produces and disseminates information on the controls of migration, their consequences and the struggle against them in Finland and globally. The network is run on a voluntary basis.