In a globalized world, migration is an inextricable part of social, cultural, economic, political and technological transformations.
More people in more parts of the world migrate or seek to migrate today than ever before, and mobility itself has become an important stratifying factor. Consequently, migration has a huge impact on a large number of people's living conditions.
The number of international migrants in the world reached 258 million in 2018. This number is expected to grow as migration pressures, created by the development gaps between poor and rich countries, fuelled by the process of globalization and demographic dynamics, will result in further migration.
Wars and violence continue to displace people across borders and within their own countries. Also, internal migration from rural to urban settings is evident in the explosive growth of major cities across the globe, with implications for urban environments, development and poverty.
As a result, there is a growing interest from governments, organizations, civil society, the private sector and many other groups affected by migration, to look further into how the benefits of migration can be maximized, while minimizing its negative effects.
In December 2018, 164 nations adopted a pact to understand and manage global migration as a joint endeavour. The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) is the first intergovernmental agreement that covers all dimensions of global migration, from countries of departure to countries of arrival, and hence highlights migration as multi-national responsibility.
With its comprehensive approach to migrants and migration, the Global Compact for Migration provides both opportunities and challenges. The Compact must be implemented on many levels. This is to be done by states and local governments in co-operation and partnership with a wide range of non-state institutions and stakeholders. Likewise, new research is needed.
The purpose of this hearing is to bring together experts with insights of the GCM together with representatives from across these actors and sectors to discuss the impact and implementation of the GCM.
Among others, the following questions will be discussed: Why do we need a new international agreement on migration?
How does the GCM relate to the existing international legal system for refugees and migrants?
What are the challenges in implementing the GCM on the national and the local level?
What could the compact mean for the urban development of cities and regions in Sweden?
What tangible difference will the compact make in the lives of migrants or the communities that host them?
8.30 - 9.00
Coffee and registration
9.00 - 9.15
Welcome and introduction
9.15 - 9.45
The Global Compact and international migration law: is there an added value? Professor Gregor Noll, University of Gothenburg
9.50 - 10.20
Local and regional challenges related to integration and introduction of newly arrived immigrants.
Birgitta Guevara, Immigrant Integration Department, County Administrative Board of Västra Götaland.
Short health break
10.40 - 11.10
The Global Compact for Migration: Opportunities and obligations for the social and environmental sciences,
Professor Ellen Percy Kraly, Malmö University and Colgate University, NY.
11.15 - 12.15
Panel with speakers, together with Helen Holmström. Moderator Andrea Spehar
12.15 Light lunch, mingle
Lecturer: Gregor Noll, Department of Law, University of Gothenburg
Birgitta Guevara, Immigrant Integration Department, County Administrative Board of Västra Götaland
Ellen Percy Kraly, Malmö University and Colgate University, New York
Moderator: Andrea Spehar, Centre on Global Migration
Time: 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Categories: Interdisciplinary, Popular science, Social Sciences , Sustainable development, Diversity, Economics and Law , Cooperation
Organizer: CGM, Mistra Urban Futures, City of Gothenburg
Location: Sappören, Sprängkullsgatan 25
Event URL: Read more about A Global Compact for Migration: What's next?
Number of seats: 100 (Of which 75 are booked)