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Survival migration: addressing the global crisis

Time (GMT +01) 13:30 15:00

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


Rajesh Mirchandani - Vice President of Communications and Policy Outreach, Center for Global Development


Michael Clemens - Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development; Research Fellow, IZA-Institute for the Study of Labor

Marta Foresti - Managing Director, Governance, Security and Livelihoods, ODI

Sayre Nyce - Executive Director, Talent Beyond Boundaries

Ratna Omidvar - The Honourable Senator, The Senate of Canada (Ontario); 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This event, co-hosted by the Center for Global Development (CGD) and ODI, discusses alternatives to simply toughening outdated policies by building higher walls. The panel discusses 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 offers practical examples of innovation—from the United States, Canada, and beyond—that point the way toward more effective policy.

Please register your attendance here.

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