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2nd Forum: Researchers and Policy Makers
22 settembre 2009

1. Did the policy makers appreciate the research results presented? 

Yes, the policy makers definitely appreciated the results presented. They particularly appreciated the concise synthesis about single projects provided in English and in French, as well as the national overview and the overview over the European situation concerning gender and migration.

2. Which needs have been expressed by the policy makers?

Policy makers have expressed a strong need for quantitative AND qualitative research results. They like to have short papers (two to four pages) which summarize the most important results. Policy makers need the expertise provided by researchers in order to build their political intervention on a solid ground. Especially in the field of migration, politics are too often guided by polemics and by stereotypes. Having comprehensive research results helps policy makers to ground their action on realities: e.g. the real existing need for more immigration because of demography and labor market, or the particular interest in sustaining female immigration, and the need to contest the opposition between family migration and labor migration, as most women do work. Research results on asylum seekers were also appreciated because they show that in many cases in practice, Geneva Convention is not respected. 

3. Which is the more effective ways  indicated  from the discussant to bridge research and policies?

Workshop that contain a formal and informal part are very much appreciated to bridge research and policies. After the initial overview, several more in-depth workshops would be needed in order to examine particular themes (family migration, labor market, political engagement, religious issues etc.).

  • Which is the most effective way to transfer research results to policy makers? 

Providing more comprehensive and short papers (like the French “notes d’analyse” or “notes de veille”) about specific subjects would help to transfer research results to policy makers. More workshops and round tables are needed in order to institutionalize the dialogue. A data base that summarizes the results would be appreciated. A deep exchange thanks to PhD students who directly work with representatives of both groups would help to transfer research results, too.

4. Which recommendations or key messages emerged from the debate?

⇒ An obvious need for more frequent dialogues.

⇒ An obvious need for a systematic presentation of results through short policy briefs and through a data base – translated into French. 

⇒ A discussion forum that can provide a long-term exchange which is not necessarily influenced by political conjuncture.

⇒ A trialogue that includes systematically policy makers, researchers AND representatives from non-governmental organizations.



[Gender & Migration: in France: "a brief overview" (EN)]

[Eléments d’analyse sur les politiques nationales concernant le genre et la migration (FR)]

[Background document]

[Recommendations from the French workshop Gender & Migration between Research and Policies ]