Name: Demetrios G. Papademetriou

Occupation: President of the Migration Policy Institute Europe in Brussels; President of Emeritus and a Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Migration Policy Institute in Washington.

Fields of Expertise: Migration and its various aspects; new collaborative approaches to migration, competitiveness, and human-capital development; immigration and immigrants assimilation policies

Papademetriou is the convener of the Transatlantic Council on Migration, which is composed of senior public figures, business leaders, and public intellectuals from Europe, the United States, and Canada. He also convenes the Regional Migration Study Group, an initiative that is promoting multi-stakeholder support for new regional and collaborative approaches to migration, competitiveness, and human-capital development for the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Central America. Papademetriou is the Co-Founder and Chair Emeritus of Metropolis, an International Forum for Research and Policy on Migration and Cities.

Since 1992, Papademetriou has been a Senior Associate with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Director of its International Migration Policy Program. From 2009-2011 he has served as Chair of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Migration; from 2010-2015 as Chair of the Advisory Board of the Open Society Foundations' International Migration Initiative; Chair of the Migration Committee of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD); Director for Immigration Policy and Research at the U.S. Department of Labor and Chair of the Secretary of Labor's Immigration Policy Task Force; and Executive Editor of the International Migration Review.

Papademetriou has published more than 270 books, articles, monographs, and research reports on a wide array of migration topics, and lectures covering all aspects of immigration and immigrant integration policy. He has taught at the University of Maryland, Duke University, and the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research.

As an advisor to foundations and organizations, civil-society groups, and government and political party officials in dozens of countries, Papademetriou admits that there are two solutions to the European migration crisis and the effective assimilation of newcomers into independent life with its economic and social assets. It could be achieved by opening the doors with a plan of “inserting” refugees into the labor market and “getting civil society and the receiving community to play their traditional roles as the engines of integration.”