10:00—11:30 AM ET / 3:00-4:30 PM BST AND April 28, 10:00-11:30 AM ET/ 3:00-4:30 PM BST

Panel Series: World Development Report 2023: Migrants, Refugees, & Societies



  • Cindy Huang – Senior Fellow, CGD
  • Çağlar Özden – Co-director of the 2023 World Development Report
  • Tara Watson – Professor, Williams College
  • Dany Bahar – Associate Professor, Brown University & CGD Non-Resident Fellow
  • Felipe Muñoz Gómez – Migration Unit Chief, Inter-American Development Bank 




  • Martha Guerrero Ble – Advocate, Refugees International
  • Xavier Devictor – Co-director of the 2023 World Development Report
  • Thomas Ginn – Fellow, CGD
  • John Thon Majok – Director, Refugee and Forced Displacement Initiative, Wilson Center
  • Elizabeth Campbell – Deputy Assistant Secretary, US Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration
  • Alejandra Botero Barco, Director General of the Department of Planning in Colombia
  • Anila Noor, Refugee-Activist, TEDx  Speaker, and Researcher

This event series will be hosted in-person at CGD's DC office: 2055 L St NW, 5th floor, Washington, DC 20036

The World Bank's World Development Report 2023

Migration is a development challenge. About 190 million people—2.5 percent of the world’s population—live outside of their country of nationality. Almost half of them are in low- and middle-income countries. Because of global economic imbalances, demographic trends, and climate change, migration is expected to be increasingly necessary in the decades to come for countries at all levels of income. If it is managed well, it can be a force for prosperity that could help achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). International cooperation will be critical to the enactment of effective migration policies. The World Bank's World Development Report 2023 proposes a range of approaches to policy making to maximize the development impacts of cross-border movements—for destination and origin countries and for migrants and refugees themselves. The framework it offers, drawn from labor economics and international law, will enable policy makers to distinguish between different types of movements and calibrate the right policies for each, depending on how closely migrants’ skills and attributes match the needs of destination countries and on the motives underlying their movements.

The Center for Global Development, Refugees International, and the World Bank Group invite you to join us for a series of panels to launch the World Development Report 2023: Migrants, Refugees, & Societies at the Birdsall Conference Center.  


On Thursday, April 27, 2023, we will host the authors of the World Development Report (WDR) for a presentation of the report followed by a panel discussion focused on economic migration. 



On Friday, April 28, 2023, we will host the authors of the WDR for a presentation of the report followed by a panel discussion focused on forced displacement. 



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