Event Date: May 31, 2018

Event Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


CGD Program Launch: Migration, Displacement, and Humanitarian Policy



Louise Arbour, United Nations Special Representative for International MigrationDenis McDonough, Senior Principal, Markle Foundation and former White House Chief of StaffThe Honourable Ratna Omidvar, Senate of Canada and Co-Chair, World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Migration

Eric Schwartz, President, Refugees International and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration

As countries struggle with political pressures to close borders and question the value of traditional aid to humanitarian emergencies, divisive rhetoric can often drown out reasoned debate. The imperative for pragmatic evidence on migration, forced displacement, and humanitarian policies has never been greater.

Our conference will convene government officials, academic experts, practitioners, and policymakers to discuss the evidence base and mutually beneficial solutions. We hope it will help foster constructive dialogue around the global compacts on migration and refugees, and advance policy discussion on a range of issues such as innovative labor mobility agreements, compacts for refugee and host livelihoods, and reform of the humanitarian system.

At this event, CGD will also release the first report of the program’s flagship project, preliminarily titled, Migration Is What You Make It, which will synthesize evidence on the economic, social, and other impacts of human mobility, and how policy can shape these impacts for greater benefit for host and origin countries as well as migrants themselves.

Agenda with full speakers list forthcoming.

Date & Time

Thursday, May 31
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

A light breakfast will be available at 8:30 a.m., and lunch will be provided.




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