Side event on “Trade, Migration and the Global Economy” at the 2018 Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration

Organised by
ICTSD, International Organization for Migration, OCP Policy Center, University of Bern, nccr-on the move, ECDPM, IDB
8 December 2018
Marrakesh, Morocco

The Global Compact for Migration (GCM) aims to address humanitarian, human rights-related and developmental aspects of international migration, according to International Organization for Migration (IOM). In October, Volker Turk UNHCR’s Assistant High Commissioner for Protection told Morocco World News that while “Morocco remains a transit country for refugees and migrants; it is also fast becoming a country of destination. He added that the North African country is attempting to offer protection to refugees under its National Policy on Immigration and Asylum (NPIA), which was launched in September 2013 under the instructions of King Mohammed VI.

The side-event will pick up as a starting point the three objectives of the draft GCM, which refer to trade, namely objectives number 2, number 18 and number 19. It will then identify how these trade measures and agreements interact with migration policies with the aim of discussing how the trade-related commitments of the GCM can be implemented. The event and subsequent documentation and further research will aim to lead to increased awareness on the way that trade preference, trade agreements and aid-for-trade/diaspora-for-trade can support the objectives of the Global Compact for Migration. Findings will be published in briefings, discussion and research reports as well as shorter blogs in order to attract attention and ensure research uptake of emerging recommendations amongst policy-makers.

Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz, Chief Executive of ICTSD, or Marie Chamay, Director of Strategic Initiatives at ICTSD, will be participating as a moderator or a speaker.


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. 

Jennifer Gordon has been a professor at Fordham University School of Law since 2003.  She teaches immigration law, labor law, and legislation/regulation, and writes about the regulation of the low-wage workplace, workers’ rights in the context of global labor migration and refugee movement, and supply chain governance.  Her book is published by Harvard University Press, and her articles have appeared in major law reviews and journals.  Earlier in her career, she founded and directed the Workplace Project, an internationally recognized immigrant workers center.  Gordon was named “Outstanding Public Interest Lawyer of the Year” by Equal Justice Works; has received a MacArthur Prize Fellowship; and was recently listed as one of the “Outstanding Woman Lawyers” in the United States by the National Law Journal.

Uri Dadush is a Senior Fellow at the OCP Policy Center who focuses on International economics, trade and financial flows, migration, economic policy and governance, as well as a non-resident scholar at Bruegel, based in Washington, DC. He is also Principal of Economic Policy International, LLC, providing consulting services to the World Bank and to other international organizations as well as corporations. Dadush works mainly on trends in the global economy and on how countries deal with the challenge of international integration through flows of trade, finance, and migration. His recent books include “WTO Accessions and Trade Multilateralism” (with Chiedu Osakwe, co-editor), “Juggernaut: How Emerging Markets Are Transforming Globalization” (with William Shaw), “Inequality in America” (with Kemal Dervis and others), “Currency Wars” (with Vera Eidelman, co-editor) and “Paradigm Lost: The Euro in Crisis.”

He was previously Director of the International Economics Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and, at the World Bank, Director of International Trade, as well as Director of Economic Policy, and Director of the Development Prospects Group. Based previously in London, Brussels, and Milan, he spent 15 years in the private sector, where he was President of the Economist Intelligence Unit, Group Vice President of Data Resources, Inc., and a consultant with Mc Kinsey and Co. His columns have appeared in leading publications such as the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, and L’Espresso.

Ms. Bisong is a policy officer in the migration programme at the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Amanda previously worked at GIZ as Head of Trade and Customs Unit managing the EU funded project on regional integration and Trade in Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Abuja. 

Her research interests include trade, migration and development as it affects West African countries. Her research includes: ‘The role of migration partnerships in promoting returnee entrepreneurs; ‘Migration partnerships and the role of public–private partnerships: the Nigeria–Switzerland migration partnership’  published in The Palgrave Handbook of International Labour Migration: Law and Policy Perspectives (2016).  

She is currently pursuing her PhD at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where she is researching on migration governance in the ECOWAS region.  Her research examines the role of ECOWAS in coordinating migration in the region especially as it concerns recent challenges such as terrorism, illegal trafficking and smuggling which require a trans-national approach. Amanda was a visiting scholar at the "NCCR: on the move" project on labour mobility at the University of Bern, Switzerland. Amanda is also part of the several research networks for migration scholars in Africa. 

Ramla Allani/ Migration and Development Officer is based at The Swiss International Social Service in Geneva. Ramla is responsible for implementing in Switzerland an SDC-funded programme named “Tunisian Community Resident in Switzerland for development” While creating opportunities for development between Switzerland and Tunisia and encouraging social entrepreneurship; Ramla succeeded to operate a network through which projects can be run jointly with Diasporas organizations’ in Switzerland and local partners based in Tunisia.

Ramla is a lawyer holds the Mediterranean Master’s Degree in human rights and democratization processes from the University of Malta. Previously of joining her actual position, she has worked for the UN high Commissioner for Human Rights and other UN- related bodies.