International Border Security Workshop - Lapland

April 30, 2013


BORDERS researchers traveled to Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland in March to co-host an International Border Security Workshop in conjunction with the Laurea University of Applied Sciences, Cassidian and Frontex.  

The purpose of the workshop was to discuss current challenges in securing international air, land, and sea borders, as well as to identify and prioritize key areas for future research. Attendees included BORDERS Director and Executive Director, Jay Nunamaker and Elyse Golob; Ilkka Laitinen, director of FRONTEX, Elizabeth Collett, Director of Migration Policy Institute Europe; Michal Orosz,  CREATE researcher; Margo Edwards, CIMES Director; Martin Dagenais, Canada Border Services Agency; and faculty members and researchers from Laurea University.  While in Rovaniemi, participants also took a tour of the Finnish Border Guard Air Patrol station.

This workshop served as an invaluable opportunity to discuss border security issues, share best practices, and develop international relationships that will facilitate information sharing and cooperation across international borders in the future. BORDERS plans to issue a white paper on the workshop findings later this year.