24 Jun 2023

Migration and Development Conference, 26 June 2023

Migration and Development Conference

Date: 26 June 2023, 09:15 – 18:00

Venue: “Klan Arena”, Pristina


The Migration and Development Conference scheduled to take place on Monday, 26 June, is intended to bring together distinguished local and international actors from the sphere of development and migration to foster engaging discussions and exchange of insights on current trends, best practices and experiences, ensuring that migration serves as both a driving force and an accelerator for development.

A central focus will be on maximizing the potential and benefits of migration, effective strategies to ensure positive development outcomes, aligning skills training programs with the needs of migrating individuals, creating an enabling environment for diaspora involvement, facilitating knowledge transfer, and leveraging financial resources for sustainable development projects.

During its tenure as the EU Presidency, the Swedish Embassy in Pristina has demonstrated dedication to the crucial issues of development and migration, a commitment that is reflected in its support for this conference. This initiative seamlessly aligns with the mission of the Directorate-General for Neighborhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR), whose backing underscores a collective determination to address these momentous challenges.

The event will be moderated in English with simultaneous translation available in Albanian and Serbian.




09:45 - 10:15

Welcome and opening remarks

Ms. Anna Rostocka, Chief of Mission, IOM – Welcoming remarks 

H.E. Mr. Jonas Westerlund, Ambassador of Sweden

Ms. Arnhild Spence, United Nations Development Coordinator

Ms. Emilija Redžepi, Deputy Prime Minister


Address by

Ms. Donika Kadaj-Bujupi, Adviser to President Ms. Vjosa Osmani


10:15 - 11:45

Panel One: Fostering circular migration and brain circulation for development policies and practices

Moderator: Ms. Elizabeth Warn Head of Labour Mobility and Social Inclusion Division, Department of Programme Support & Migration Management, IOM HQ 


Panel members: (in alphabetical order)

Mr. Arian Zeka, Executive Director American Chamber of Commerce

Mr. Blerim Gashani, Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs 

Ms. Judita Krasniqi, Senior researcher and Project Manager D4D 


11:45 - 12:45



12:45 - 14:15

Panel Two: Skills migration - Linking skills development with mobility and migration

Moderator: Mr. Fabio Jimenez, Head of Labour Mobility and Markets Unit, Labour Mobility and Social Inclusion Division, IOM HQ 


Panel members: (in alphabetical order)

Mr. Arion Rizaj, Founder and CEO of KosovaJob and Human Power 

Mr. Daniele Panzeri, Senior Programme Support and Liaison, Migration and Development, IOM Italy

Ms. Nora Hasani, Managing Director of the German-Kosovo Business Association

Mr. Ylber Aliu, Head of Division for Employment Policies, Ministry of Finance, Labour and Transfers



14:15 - 14:30


Coffee Break

14:30 – 16:00

The Role of Diaspora in Development and Skills Transfer

Moderator: Mr. Roberto Cancel, Senior Regional Specialist Labour Migration and Human Development, IOM Regional Office, Buenos Aires 


Panel members: (in alphabetical order)

Ms. Fatlume Halili, Ecosystem Relationships Manager, USAID-funded Private Sector-Led Workforce Development Activity

Mr. Lirim Krasniqi, Co-Executive Director at Germin 

Ms. Liza Gashi, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Diaspora

Mr. Lulzim Syla, Managing Director, Elen GmbH    


16:00 – 16:15

Closing remarks



SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals