2:30—4:00 PM
Center for Global Development
2055 L Street
- Fifth Floor
Washington, DC 20036

Survival Migration: New Models to Address the Global Crisis of Migration and Displacement



Michael Clemens, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development; Research Fellow, IZA-Institute for the Study of Labor
Marta Foresti, Managing Director, Overseas Development Institute
Sayre Nyce, Executive Director, Talent Beyond Boundaries
Ratna Omidvar, The Honourable Senator, The Senate of Canada (Ontario); and Distinguished Visiting Professor, Global Diversity Exchange (GDX), Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University

The world was caught off-guard by recent mass movements of refugees and migrants from the Middle East and Africa. But this is not one brief storm to be weathered and forgotten. These mass movements will only continue in coming years as conflict, disasters, extreme poverty, and other hardships displace people from their homes. Today the recent rise in 'survival migration' is commonly cited to justify political upheaval and isolationism in both Europe and the United States.

This event will discuss alternatives to simply toughening outdated policies by building higher walls. The panel will discuss the need for new regulatory institutions that better reflect migrants’ and refugees’ motives and aspirations and how to better unlock their potential to benefit destination countries. And it will offer practical examples of innovation—from the United States, Canada, and beyond—that point the way toward more effective policy.

This event will be webcast live and available after on this event page.

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