While many WIDER Development Conferences emerge from ongoing projects, our latest conference in October--'Migration and mobility: New frontiers for research and policy (https://www.wider.unu.edu/event/migration-and-mobility-new-frontiers-research-and-policy)'--offered a different opportunity: to focus attention on an important cross-cutting topic in much of UNU-WIDER's recent work.
Until this year, UNU-WIDER's most recent project focusing on migration was some years ago (it produced the 2005 book Poverty, International Migration and Asylum (https://www.wider.unu.edu/pubiications?f%5b%5d=field_bib_projerct_name%3A424)). Still, migration has figured in multiple UNU-WIDER initiatives since then. For instance, current projects on Gender and Development; Macroeconomic Management; The Political Economy of Social Protection Systems; Reconciling Africa's Growth, Poverty, and Inequality Trends; and Structural Transformation and Inclusive Growth in Vietnam have all paid attention to migration. Migration was also high on the agenda at last year's Development Conference, Responding to Crises (https://www.wider.unu.edu/event/responding-crises). Our director Finn Tarp has spent time thinking seriously about international migration and refugee flows (for instance, here (https://www.wider.unu.edu/publication/economist%E2%80%99s-view-migration-and-refugees) and here (https://www.wider.unu.edu/publication/how-should-international-community-respond-migration-and-refugees)), and earlier this year I launched a research initiative on refugees, integration, and inequality (https://www.wider.unu.edu/event/project-workshop-forced-migration-and-inequality-country-and-city-level-factors-influencing) as part of our work on group-based inequality (https://www.wider.unu.edu/project/politics-group-based-inequalities-measurement-implications-and-possibilities-change).
Migration is also a key issue for the United Nations University (https://migration.unu.edu/) (UNU) as a whole. The Rector of UNU, Dr David Malone, currently chairs the Global Migration Group (http://www.giobaimigrationgroup.org/what-is-the-gmg) (GMG), an inter-agency group working to improve and coordinate approaches to international migration. Beyond that, researchers from seven UNU institutes collaborate regularly on research into migration issues through the UNU Migration Network (https://migration.unu.edu).
And, we were joined in hosting this conference by the African Research Universities Alliance...