Advancing a Global Agenda on Trade and Migration

Organised by
ICTSD, IOM
4 July 2018
|
Geneva, Switzerland

While migration issues are at the front and centre of the global agenda, the trade-related dynamics have not been sufficiently explored. IOM and ICTSD are organizing a Geneva-based workshop with the aim of deepening the understanding of the nature of the relationship between trade and migration, and articulating a strategy for advancing a global agenda.

Since times immemorial, migration has been at the core of human history. It has responded to different factors, ranging from humanitarian crisis and political persecution, to the peruse of better living conditions and economic prosperity. Whatever the motive, migration has been a continuous force behind the human experience. 

The last eight decades have witnessed unparalleled global economic growth and peace. Migration has continued to take place, but now in a context of relative global prosperity. In the heart of this new scenario lies the phenomenon of the accelerated integration of national economies into global markets. The rapid expansion of a globalized economy supported by a system of rules, processes and institutions seem to be interacting with migration flows in ways that we had not experienced before.

Recognizing these emerging dynamics and acknowledging the need for updated governance systems dealing with trade and migration, ICTSD in partnership with IOMand Fundacion Foro del Sur, hosted the first “Forum on Migration, Trade & the Global Economyin Buenos Aires, Argentina, last December. Organized back-to-back with the World Trade Organization Eleventh Ministerial Conference, the Forum served as an academic, high profile and inclusive platform to explore the challenges and opportunities lying at the intersection of migration and international trade.

In continuation of the work started in Buenos Aires, IOM and ICTSD are organizing a Geneva-based workshop with the aim of deepening the understanding of the nature of the relationship between trade and migration, and articulating a strategy for advancing a global agenda.

The workshop will bring together about forty international experts from the fields of trade, migration, and economics, as well as representatives of international organisations and relevant actors in the diplomatic community based in Geneva. In each of the sessions, all participants will be invited to engage in an open discussion following a short intervention by an expert. 

Attendance at the event is by invitation only.