Expert group meeting on new trends in migration: Demographic aspects

New York 

03 December 2012


The Population Division of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs organized an expert group meeting on challenges and opportunities of international migration for development in the Arab region. The meeting was held at the United Nations in New York on 3 December 2012.

The meeting brought together experts on the demographic aspects of internal and international migration and their relevance for development. The meeting was held in preparation for the forty-sixth session of the Commission on Population and Development which would focus on this topic in April 2013.




Organization of work

Monday, 3 December 2012

09:00 - 09:10


  • Francesca Perucci, Population Division, DESA. Welcome and opening remarks

09:10 - 09:30

  • Ronald Skeldon, University of Sussex. Keynote address: Global migration: Demographic aspects and its relevance for development 


09:30 - 09:50

Panel I. International migration

Chair: Bela Hovy, Population Division, DESA

  • Philippe Fargues, European University Institute, Florence. Demographic change, migration and development: Recent trends in Western Asia and Northern Africa 

09:50 - 10:10

  • Michael White, Brown University. The demographic impact of migration: Evidence from Africa 

10:10 - 10:30

  • Mary Kritz, Cornell University. Globalization of higher education and international student mobility

10:30 - 11:00


11:20 -11:40

Panel II. Internal migration

Chair: Jorge Bravo, Population Division, DESA

  • Zai Liang, State University of New York, Albany. Recent migration trends in China: Geographic and demographic aspects and development implications

11:40 - 12:00

  • Mark Montgomery, State University of New York, Stony Brook and Population Council. Girls on the move: Urban mobility of adolescent girls in less developed countries and policy implications

12:00 - 12:30


12:30 - 13:00


  • Barney Cohen, Population Division, DESA: Concluding remarks and closing 


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