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SEF promotes Conference on « Digital transformation on Migrations » under the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union

​The digital transformation on behalf of the management of migrations is the theme of the Conference promoted by the Immigration and Borders Service (SEF), as the national contact point of the European Migration Network (EMN). This meeting is being held tomorrow, in digital form, from SEF Head Office, gathering European and national experts in the area of migration, as well as experts in digital transformation and artificial intelligence technologies (AI) to make a reflexion on the risks and opportunities of a bigger scan of the migration processes and the ongoing technologies for the future. The conference is transmitted online at the following link:

The opening session includes the Minister for the Interior (MAI), Eduardo Cabrita, the European Commissioner for Internal Affairs, Ylva Johnansson, the Director-General of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), António Vitorino and the Secretary-General of OECD, Angel Gurría.

The first panel, chaired by the Deputy Secretary-General for International Relations and the Management of European Funds of MAI’s Secretary-General, Ricardo Carrilho, will explore the digital transformation of processes within the management of migration and the potential to create of data systems interoperable at the national level and at the level of the European Union (EU). SEF’s Deputy National Director, José Barão, the Adviser of the Board of the Agency for Administrative Modernisation (AMA), André Vasconcelos, and the Strategic Data Adviser and the AI of the Immigration and Naturalisation Services of the Ministry of Justice and Security of The Netherlands, Remko van der Burght, will debate different opportunities to improve management of migrations through digital technologies.

In a second panel, chaired by the Law Associate Professor, at Exeter University, in the United Kingdom, Ana Beduschi, representatives of the Portuguese Mint (INCM), Bruno Pereira and Carlos Gonçalves, the Chief of the Migration Sector (DG Home) and the Coordinator of DG for Artificial Intelligence of the European Commission, Zsuzsanna Felkai-Janseen, elements of the Federal Bureau for Migration and Refugees in Germany, Kausik Munsi and Lukas Tajak, and the Director of IOM’s Data Analysis Centre of Global Migration (GMDAC), Frank Laczko, and the Coordinator for Data Innovation and Institutional Capacity of this Centre, Marzia Rango will discuss the potential of the AI in offering innovative solutions for the processes of management of migration.

Within the third panel, the lecturers will approach the risks and its mitigation in the management of migration digital processes. Within this panel, chaired by the Associate Director of the Refugee Law Laboratory of University of York, Petra Molnar, the Coordinator of SEF’s Information Systems Office, Bruno Fragoso, the Head of the Knowledge Centre on Asylum of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO), Ward Lutin, and the representative of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), Julia Behrens.

Within the fourth panel, chaired by the Head of Sector for the Coordination of Agencies and Networks and Chairman of REM, Magnus Ovilius, a selection of key practices implemented within the EU will be presented, and an analysis of the lessons learned from the practices with origin outside the EU will be carried out. This last session will have the participation of the point of contact of REM in Ireland, Anne Sheridan, and the point of contact of REM in Luxembourg, Adolfo Sommarribas, the Head of Department of International Migration, Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs within OCDE, Jean-Christophe Dumont, and the Head of Department for Foreign Nationals and Migration of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Public Security of Chile and President of the Working Group within OCDE, Alvaro Bellolio Avaria.

The closing session of the conference will be held by SEF National Director, Lieutenant General Luis Botelho Miguel.

It should be reminded that the main purpose of the REM is to produce knowledge, by the carrying out of studies and other instruments of data collecting and treatment within the several areas in migration, as a support to the policy decision under the European Union, with regard to the European Union Directives, and within each Member State.

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