Forum on Migration, Trade and the Global Economy

Organised by
ICTSD in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration and FundaciÓn Foro del Sur
14 December 2017
Buenos Aires, Argentina

In collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Fundación Foro del Sur (FFS) and with the support of the Dirección Nacional de Migraciones, the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) is launching the first Forum on Migration, Trade & the Global Economy to be held on 14 December 2017 in Buenos Aires. The Forum will serve as an academic, high-profile and inclusive opportunity to explore the opportunities and challenges that lie at the intersection of migration and international trade. 

The Forum on Migration, Trade and the Global Economy aims to facilitate dialogue among policymakers, private sector actors, academia, civil society groups, and high-level representatives from governmental and intergovernmental organisations. This dialogue will provide a nonpartisan, evidence-driven platform to examine the linkages between migration and international trade, probe key challenges and explore new avenues for coordinated policy action at the national, regional and global level. Outside the negotiating context, the Forum will address the topic of migration from a trade perspective with the aim to increase an understanding of the key issues at stake and to provide inputs to envisage solutions. 

While migration issues are at the front and centre of the global agenda, the trade-related dynamics have not been sufficiently explored. The Forum will help to fill this gap while taking advantage of the opportunity provided by the Eleventh WTO Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires, which will be held in the preceding three days. This opportunity and the Argentina G20 presidency will help to engage global and regional policy actors with additional impacts into the G20 process. Through the inaugural Forum on Migration, Trade & the Global Economy in Buenos Aires, we hope to facilitate networking among various epistemic and policy communities, encourage dialogue based on the latest research across disciplines and thus, allow sharing of institutional experiences not only regionally but also globally. 

With the support of the Museo de la Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero (MUNTREF), the Forum will take place at the Museo Nacional de la Inmigración (National Museum of Immigration), a historic venue located in a complex constructed between 1906 and 1911, in the port of Buenos Aires, to support thousands of immigrants arriving then from different parts of the world. This impressive location serves to represent Argentina’s hospitability and welcoming thrust for migrants as a key dimension of its high level of integration in the world at the turn of the 19th and the dawn of the 20th century. 

The inaugural Forum on Migration, Trade and the Global Economy is being sponsored by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Institute for the Integration of Latin America and the Caribbean (INTAL). It will be a one-day event organised in the form of several high-level plenary sessions in the morning, followed by parallel sessions in the afternoon. 



Nick Ashton-Hart recently concluded several years as the senior Geneva-based full-time representative from the technology sector. He has participated in multilateral policy development since 1992 and international digital trade policy for the last several years. He’s presently a consultant advising Fortune 50 companies, UN member-state delegations, and on trade and development policy for the UN Conference on Trade and Development and is an Associate Fellow of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. He is passionate about migration policy, routinely volunteering in camps and along migration routes, working to build better relationships between the for-profit technology world and migration-related IGOs and NGOs, and in writing on the possibilities that leveraging technology can bring to integrating migrants into host countries. He is a periodic writer for the Council on Foreign Relations’ Net Politics, on CircleID and on Twitter @nashtonhart.


Lawyer from the University of Buenos Aires with postgraduate studies in the London School of Economics (LSE), United Kingdom. Current Director of the Institute for the Integration of Latin America and the Caribbean (INTAL) of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), with focus on the exponential impact of new technologies on trade and integration. He has coordinated the publishing of “Robotlution”, that addresses the disruptive impact on work, international negotiations and 4.0 industries. He was a Citizen Security Lead Specialist at the IDB (2006-2013). He served in Argentina as Minister of Home Affairs (1992-1993) and Minister of Justice, Security and Human Rights (2003-2004); Secretary of State of the Civil Service (1989-1992) and President of the National Institute of Public Administration (1989-1992). Elected representative for the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires (1997-2000). He taught at the University for eight years. He is the author and editor of 16 books on public policy, with focus on violence prevention, sustainability and social innovation.

Stefano Breschi obtained his PhD from the Department of Economics, Università di Pavia (Italy) in 1994. He is Professor of Applied Economics and Deputy Director of the Invernizzi Centre for Research on Innovation, Organization and Strategy (ICRIOS) at the Università Commerciale L. Bocconi, Milan (Italy). His main research interests are in the economics of technical change, industrial dynamics, social networks, economics of science, economics of the patent system, economic geography and regional economics. He carried out several research projects for international (e.g. European Commission DG Research, DG Information Society) and national (e.g. ENEA, Confindustria) organisations. He is author of numerous articles in journals like Economic Journal, Research Policy, Industrial and Corporate Change, Regional Studies, Journal of Urban Economics, Journal of Economic Geography among others. He is Associate Editor of the journal Industrial and Corporate Change and Advisory Editor of the journal Research Policy.

Ricardo Cordero joined IOM in 1998 as Head of Technical Cooperation in the Regional Office for Central America, with headquarters in Costa Rica. In 2001 he joined the IOM Regional Office for Southeast Asia in Thailand, as Regional Program Officer and in 2004 he assumed the same position in the IOM Regional Office for the Middle East, with headquarters in Egypt. In 2007 Ricardo was appointed Senior Expert in Labor Migration of the global IOM with Headquarters in Switzerland. In 2011 he held the position of Regional Specialist in Labor Migration and Development for Central America, North America and the Caribbean, with headquarters in Costa Rica. Since October 2015 he was transferred to Argentina, where he holds the position of Regional Specialist in Labor Migration and Human Development. Ricardo holds a degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Costa Rica and a Master's Degree in Rural Development from the University of Tel Aviv, Israel.

Thomas Cottier is Professor emeritus of European and International Economic Law at the University of Bern, a senior research fellow at the World Trade Institute, and adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law. He was the founder and managing director of the World Trade Institute from 1999-2015 and SNF National Centre of Competence NCCR on International Trade Regulation, and before the Deputy Director General of the Swiss Intellectual Property Office. He served on the Swiss negotiating team of the Uruguay Round and on EFTA-EU EEA negotiations. He has been a member and chair of numerous GATT and WTO panels. He has published widely in international economic law and currently directs a research programme developing the doctrine of common concern of human kind. 

Dema is a Specialist in Cooperation for Development at the International Labour Organization (ILO). He has a degree in Contemporary History from the Complutense University of Madrid with higher studies in Knowledge Management and Development and Cooperation. He worked professionally in the Union of Iberoamerican Capital Cities and in the Casa de América in Madrid. He has participated as a lecturer in various topics, related to Decentralization, State Reform, Labor migration and promotion of decent work for young people in different national and international forums.

Official of the ILO since 1998, holding various positions of responsibility, first in the Regional Office in Lima (1998-October 2003) later in the Subregional Office for Central America where he served as Subregional Coordinator for Central America, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Mexico, of the International Program for the eradication of child labor. In November 2008, he joined the Regional Office of the ILO in Lima where he currently serves as a Regional Specialist in Youth Employment and Labor Migrations.

Dr. Eugenio Diaz-Bonilla joined IFPRI as a visiting Senior Research Fellow in 2012 and in 2017 he was named Head of the LAC Program. He received a PhD in Economics from Johns Hopkins University, as well as an MA in Economics and an MA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Diaz-Bonilla has more than 40 years of professional experience working on development and poverty issues, including grass-roots work, academic activities, consulting work, and positions of institutional leadership in international organisations and governments. He has resided and worked for extended periods in different countries of Latin America and the Caribbean and has acted as consultant and staff member with several international organisations: United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA), Organization of American States (OAS), and World Bank. He has extensive experience as advisor and consultant to governments in different developing countries on macroeconomic and trade policies, poverty alleviation, and food security programs and extensive involvement in project preparation, financing, and implementation in developing countries, mainly on agricultural and rural development operations. He has led diplomatic and negotiating activities as a senior diplomat for Argentina, focusing on agricultural trade issues in bilateral, regional, and multilateral negotiations. Dr. Diaz-Bonilla served as a member of the Board of Executive Directors of the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) for almost nine years, as well as occupying leadership positions as Chairman and Vice Chairman of several Board Committees responsible for the governance of the Bank. In 2017 he was elected Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Agronomy and Veterinary of Argentina.

Arancha González is an expert in international trade issues with over 20 years of experience, and currently serves as Executive Director of the International Trade Centre (ITC).

Before joining ITC, Ms. González served as Chief of Staff to World Trade Organization (WTO) Director-General Pascal Lamy from 2005 to 2013. During her tenure at the WTO, she played an active role in launching the WTO’s Aid for Trade initiative and served as Mr. Lamy’s representative at the G-20.

Prior to working at the WTO, Ms. González held several positions at the European Commission, conducting negotiations of trade agreements and assisting developing countries in trade-development efforts. Between 2002 and 2004, she was the European Union spokeswoman for trade and adviser to the European Union Trade Commissioner.

Miryam Hazán is a consultant with the Inter-American Development Bank where she directs and conducts specialized research on issues related to North and Central American migration and migration in the Caribbean, security and development. She is also a senior fellow with the Tower Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University. Prior to that she was Washington Director of Mexicans and Americans Thinking Together (MATT) where she lead a 900 people survey on return migration to Mexico. She is the author of numerous blogs, journal articles, and book chapters on Latino politics, immigration, and U.S.-Mexico issues, and is currently working on a book manuscript titled Mexican Immigrant Politics in America. An expert on US, Mexican, and Central American migration policies, and of Spanish immigration policies, Dr. Hazán has held research and scholarly positions at Demos, Ideas in Action, the Migration Policy Institute, the University of Pennsylvania, Rutgers, and the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute at the University of Texas, Austin. Dr. Hazan has media experience across the Americas, including working for six years at El Financiero in Mexico City.

Marion is the Chief Economist of ITC and in this position responsible for the recently published ITC flagship publication “SME Competitiveness Outlook 2015”. Previous to joining ITC, Marion was a counsellor in the Economic Research and Statistics Division of the World Trade Organization, an organization she first joined in 1999 after a short spell in the private sector (London, UK). From 2009 to 2012 she was the head of Trade and Employment Programme at the ILO. Her publications in the field of international trade and global governance include a volume on the internationalization of financial services and articles on regional services liberalization. She is currently co-editing a volume on the “Economics of Trade Disputes and Investor-State Disputes” (CUP).

Professor and Acting Head of the School of Public Policy at the Central European University in Budapest. Founder and Scientific Director of CELSI, Bratislava. Affiliated Scholar at the Global Labor Organization; Centre for Population, Development and Labour Economics (POP), MERIT, United Nations University, Maastricht; and University of Economics in Bratislava. Former Visiting Research Fellow and former Deputy Program Director "Migration", leader of the research sub-area EU Enlargement and the Labor Markets and Deputy Director of Research (2009) at the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA) in Bonn, Germany. Visiting Research Fellow at Harvard University's Labor and Worklife Program 2014/15. Chairperson of the Slovak Economic Association and member of Academia Europaea, the European Academy of Humanities, Letters and Sciences. His main research interests are labor and population economics, migration, EU mobility, ethnicity, and reforms in European labor markets. Martin Kahanec has published in peer-reviewed academic journals, contributed chapters in collected volumes including the Oxford Handbook of Economic Inequality (OxfordUP) and the International Handbook on the Economics of Migration (Edward Elgar), and he has edited several scientific book volumes and journal special issues. Associate Editor of the International Journal of Manpower; founding Managing Editor of the IZA Journal of European Labor Studies (2012-2016), included in Scopus under his leadership; and former member of the Editorial Board of Transfer: European Review of Labour and Research. Martin Kahanec has held several advisory positions and leading roles in a number of scientific and policy projects with the World Bank, the European Commission, European Parliament, European Court of Auditors, OECD, and other international and national institutions. Martin Kahanec earned his Ph.D. in Economics in 2006 from the Center for Economic Research (CentER), Tilburg University, the Netherlands.


David Luke is Coordinator of the African Trade Policy Centre at the UN Economic Commission for Africa with the rank of a director at the Commission. He is responsible for leading ECA's research, policy advisory services, training and capacity development on inclusive trade policies and in particular the boosting intra-African trade and the continental free trade area initiatives. His portfolio also includes WTO, EPAs, Brexit, AGOA, Africa's trade with emerging economies, and trade and cross-cutting policy areas such as trade, industrialization and structural transformation, trade and gender, trade and public health and trade and climate change. Prior to joining ECA in 2014, he served as UNDP trade policy adviser in Southern Africa and Geneva and also as Senior Economist and Chief of Trade at the Organization for African Unity/African Union Commission, and as an Associate Professor  at Dalhousie University  in Halifax, Canada.  


Sociologist, graduated in the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters from the National University of Buenos Aires, 1967. Doctorate degree in sociology, graduated in 1969 from the University of Paris. He held the role of National Director for Migrations of the Argentine Republic from 1973 to 1974. He was a representative of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for the Southern Cone, from 1987 to 2002. He has served as a consultant on migration policies for the ILO, UNHCR, OAS, OEI, IDB, ECLAC and UNFPA. Currently, he serves as the Director of the Institute for Migration and Asylum Policies (IPMA), from the National University of Tres de Febrero (UNTREF – DNM). He is also the Director of the Specialization and Master's Degree in International Policies and Management of International Migration, IPMA – UNTREF. Additionally, he is a Professor of Policies and governance of international migration for the The National Foreign Service Institute (ISEN) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship of the Argentine Republic.


Marina Manke currently heads Labour Mobility and Human Development Division in the Department of Migration Management, IOM Headquarters in Geneva. She joined IOM in 2004 as a migration data specialist at the Vienna Technical Cooperation Centre for Europe and Central Asia. Since then, evidence based migration governance and policy development have become her prime areas of specialization, proven by co-authorship of such flagship publications as “Sharing Data – Where to Start”, “Migration Profiles – Making the Most of the Process”, as well as expert interventions at high-level international and national fora. A certified instructor of the Essentials of Migration Management, Marina Manke has been delivering capacity building and technical support to governments in Europe, Asia, Middle East and the Americas. From 2007 till 2010, she advised the Government of the Russian Federation in her capacity of a manager of a large-scale readmission programme funded by the EU, Germany and Finland. From 2011 till 2016, Marina Manke worked as a Senior Regional Thematic Specialist on labour mobility and human development at the IOM Regional Office for South-East Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia in Vienna, Austria. Marina Manke has an M.A in Political Science from the Central European University and a Ph.D in International Relations from Cambridge.

Jorge Martínez Pizarro is a researcher at the Latin American and Caribbean Demographic Center (CELADE) Division of Population of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), in Santiago, Chile. Geographer and demographer, he has participated in the preparation of various studies on population and development in Latin America and the Caribbean, especially in the field of international migration, and is also a university professor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He is the author of numerous publications, among others, about the relationships between population and poverty; between migration, human rights, development, globalization and integration; the migration of skilled labor, gender and women; and national studies of international migration in several countries, as well as population and human rights. He has also participated in the preparation of various institutional documents of CELADE and ECLAC, has carried out numerous technical assistance missions to the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, and is a member of the teaching team of CELADE and a founding member of the Latin American Population Association.

Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz is co‐founding Chief Executive of the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and publisher of BRIDGES periodicals since their conception in 1997. Currently serves as convener for the E15 Initiative, a joint undertaking of ICTSD and the World Economic Forum (WEF) looking into the future of the global trade system. Non-Executive Director of the Meridian Institute (US) and IP Watch (Geneva), and member of the WEF’s Global Agenda Council. Also of the Advisory Group of the Global Commission on Business and Sustainability launched in 2016. Formerly a negotiator on trade, development and environmental matters; co-founder and inaugural Executive Director of Fundacion Futuro Latinoamericano (Quito). Chief of Administration of the Office of the President of Colombia. 


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Gianluca Orefice is economist at the Centre d’Etudes Prospectives et d’Information Internationales (CEPII) in Paris. He teaches Topics in Globalization at the University of Bergamo and Applied Econometrics at the University of Tours. Previously he was consultant at the Economic Research and Statistics Division of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and research assistant at Centro Studi Luca D’Agliano. Gianluca holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Milan and a Master in Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering from Polytechnic of Milan. He was visiting student at the Universitè Catholique de Louvain. He has published on international trade and migration in several international professional journals, including the Journal of International Economics, the European Economic Review, Canadian Journal of Econimics, Review of International Economics, Review of World Economics, and The World Economy.


Marion Panizzon, Ph.D. is a lecturer in law at the University of Bern and senior researcher at the National Center for Competence in Research, nccr-on the move. She has published on trade, migration and development, including the Palgrave Handbook of Labor Migration (2015) with Elisa Fornalè and most recently, The External Faces of EU External Migration Law and Policy (2018) Brill Publishing with Sergio Carrera, Leonhard den Hertog and Dora Kostakopoulos.

Félix Peña is the Director of the Institute of International Trade of the ICBC Foundation and of the Master's Degree in International Commercial Relations of the National University of Tres de Febrero. He is a member of the Argentine Council for International Relations (CARI) and the Evian Group. He was Assistant Secretary of Foreign Trade of Argentina (1998-99). He also worked as a specialist and then as Director of the Institute for the Integration of Latin America (INTAL-BID). He also worked at the Inter-American Development Bank and the Argentine Foreign Ministry. He holds a PhD in Law from the University of Madrid and a degree in European Law from the Catholic University of Louvain, where he also studied economics. He graduated from the Universidad Nacional del Litoral, in Santa Fe.

Gabriela Sala is a PhD Degree in Demography from the CEDEPLAR (Brazil). At the moment, she works as a permanent Researcher at the National Research Council (CONICET) of Argentina.  For many years, she has done research on different topics related to labour conditions of less skilled international migrants in Argentina and in Brazil. In recent years, she has investigated labour participation at older ages and the access of international migrants to pensions in Argentina. She has written two documents for the Argentinian Office of the International Labour Organization (ILO), regarding labour conditions and informality in commercial occupations on the basis of quantitative and qualitative approaches. The first document analyses the basic characteristics of the employment of South American migrants in this sector. The second document investigates the associated factors of informal employment in retail activities in the Metropolitan Area of the city of Buenos Aires. 


Hubert René Schillinger is Director of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) Geneva office, which serves as liaison office to Geneva-based international organizations and specializes in trade policies, international social policies and human rights. Since joining FES in 1980, he has held various positions at FES headquarters and abroad, including project leader in Senegal and FES country director in Morocco, South Africa and Namibia. From mid-2009 to mid-2014 he led FES’ Dialogue on Globalization Programme at FES headquarters in Berlin. He holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Constance, Germany and graduated from the Center for Advanced Training in Rural Development (SLE) at Technical University, Berlin.

Dr. Evita Schmieg is a researcher at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) Germany, leading a project financed by the Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development on "Trade Policy and the Sustainable Development Agenda". Her research and publications comprise amongst others international and EU trade issues, regional trade agreements and their effect on third countries, the link between free trade agreements and human rights as well as labour issues, trade and investment in Africa. As a researcher in SWP she is advising the German government and parliament as well as the European Commission and Parliament on these issues. She has long standing experience in the field of trade policy, including as head of the trade division in the Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation from 2003-2013 and some years as a national expert in the European Commission. Dr. Schmieg holds a PhD of the University of Leipzig with her dissertation on new trade theories, regional integration and the EU - Caribbean Economic Partnership Agreement. 


Alexandra Fuenmayor Starr is a contributing writer at Harper’s magazine and a visiting journalist at the Russell Sage Foundation, where she focuses on the impact of immigration policies on Latino communities in the Bronx. Previously she was an immigration and social policy correspondent for National Public Radio. She has written for The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, Slate, and The American Scholar, among other publications. Starr has been an Emerson fellow at the New America Foundation, a fellow at the Center on Law and Security at New York University Law School, a Milena Jesenska fellow in Vienna, Austria; a Japan Society Fellow in Tokyo, Japan; and an Organization of American States fellow in Caracas, Venezuela. Her piece about African athletes being trafficked to the United States to play basketball was included in the 2016 edition of Best American Sports Writing. She authored a Special Report for the Council on Foreign Relations on immigrant entrepreneurship in 2011. 


Onyekachi is the Executive Director at the African Foundation for Development (AFFORD), a charity that seeks to enhance the contributions that Africans in the diaspora make to Africa’s development.  The charity is a pioneer and innovator in the field of policy and practice of ‘diaspora and development’. AFFORD’s advocacy work has contributed to UK and international recognition of the role of the diaspora in international development, and in the subsequent initiation of new policies, programmes, funds and schemes. Onyekachi was educated at the University of Essex and completed his M.Phil in International Relations at Selwyn College, Cambridge. Before AFFORD, he worked extensively as a journalist and television documentary maker, for the BBC, Channel 4 and PBS. . A respected broadcaster and commentator on African affairs, his commentary has appeared on the BBC, CCTV, Voice of America, Press TV, TVC, and the Guardian.

Dr. Huiyao (Henry) WANG is the Founder and President of Center for China and Globalization (CCG), the largest independent think tank in China. Chinese Premier appointed him as a Counselor of China State Council. He is the Vice Chairman of China Western (Overseas) Returned Scholars Association, Deputy Director of Expert Committee of All-China Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese. Besides, he is the Vice Chairman of China Association for International Economic Cooperation Association of the Ministry of Commerce and the Vice Chairman of China Talent Society under Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security. Dr. Wang is currently on the Migration Advisory Board of International Organization of Migration (IOM) of United Nation. He is also a member of Yale University Asia Development. 

Dr. Wang was a Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School and was a visiting fellow at Brookings Institution. He has published over 50 books and more than 100 articles and papers in both Chinese and English on globalization, global migration, One Belt One Road, China outbound investment, Chinese Diasporas and Chinese think tanks. 



Dominik Ziller heads the Directorate-General for International Development Policy at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. His responsibili¬ties include the European Union's development cooperation, the United Nations, the World Bank Group, the regional development banks, the OECD, the development pro¬cesses of the G7 and the G20, the World Trade Organization and the topics of financing for development and effectiveness/transparency. During Germany's G20 Presidency, Dominik Ziller is chairing the Development Working Group. Previously, he held various senior positions at the BMZ, including head of the Directorate for Asia and head of the Budget Division. Between 2011 and 2013, he worked for Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), where he was a member of the Executive Management Committee and head of the business area "Migration / Ensuring the availability of qualified professionals."


 Knowledge Partners: 


Established in 1951, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. With 166 member states, a further 8 states holding observer status and offices in over 100 countries, IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants. IOM works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people.




Fundación Foro del Sur (FFS) is a non-profit private organisation based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, whose actions seek to promote diversity and plurality of thought through various research, training and consulting activities. Both via concrete actions and the publication of its journal Archivos del Presente, FFS seeks to make significant contributions in terms of public policies impacting the regional and international integration of Argentina. FFS projects include the provision of consultancy work for governments (national and provincial), international organisations, as well as strategic alliances with domestic and foreign institutions. All of these initiatives are invested with the value FFS gives to the benefits of joining efforts towards common objectives. Diversity is key to FFS projects and, therefore, its work is interwoven with – and often focused on – the promotion and diffusion of art and culture.






The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is the agency for international cooperation of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). The SDC is responsible for the overall coordination with other federal authorities of development and cooperation with Eastern Europe as well as for humanitarian aid delivered by the Swiss Confederation. Through its work at the multilateral level – with organisations such as the UN, the World Bank and regional development banks, for example – Switzerland is helping to resolve development issues that are becoming increasingly complex. With its global programmes in the areas of climate change, food security, migration and water, the SDC is tackling these global challenges in tandem with its efforts to reduce poverty.



Founded in 1961, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) (Government of Germany) works to encourage economic development within Germany and in other countries through international cooperation and partnerships. It cooperates with various international organizations involved in development including the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and the United Nations. The BMZ is, among other things, helping to shape national and international frameworks for migration in ways that reflect the needs of poor countries. 




Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) is Germany's oldest organisation to promote democracy, political education, and promote students of outstanding intellectual abilities and personality. As an international think tank, FES provides impulses for a policy of social democracy - not only in Germany but worldwide. The foundation has been established as a partner of German foreign and development policy for decades.


The Institute for the Integration of Latin America and the Caribbean (INTAL), a unit of the Integration and Trade Sector of the Inter-American Development Bank, seeks to generate and disseminate knowledge on the benefits of integration processes, the trade dynamics of the region and the impact of new technologies on trade strategies. INTAL aims to support regional integration in a broader sense by contributing to the strengthening of regional bonds and working jointly with the countries of the region to tap into the opportunities and overcome the obstacles posed by globalization.


With the support of:



 Dirección Nacional de Migraciones (DNM)


Museo de la Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero (MUNTREF)


Museo Nacional de la Inmigración (National Museum of Immigration)

Av. Antártida Argentina 1355

C1104ACA CABA, Argentina