Conference. Regional Perspectives on Migration and Refugees

Thursday, January 18, 2018 to Friday, January 19, 2018
Kellogg Center, 1512 International Affairs Building

Please join the Harriman Institute and Columbia Global Policy Initiative for a conference on the transnational issues of migration and forced migration, taking a comparative approach that considers the European, Eurasian, and North American cases.

The event will bring migration experts from Russia and the post-Soviet region together with those in the Columbia community and the wider New York area. The objective is to discuss and learn from various experiences, including across regions, as well as across the fields of migration and refugee studies, in order to develop policy recommendations. The full-day conference will include panel discussions on the following themes: security dimensions (including interethnic conflict); economic dimensions (including employment and integration); human rights dimensions; and institutional effectiveness.

The keynote address will be delivered by Michael Doyle, Director of the Columbia Global Policy Initiative and University Professor at Columbia University, who is leading the development of the Model International Mobility Convention ( The full-day conference will consist of a series of panel discussions on these themes, resulting in a final policy recommendation memo based on the research and observations of participating experts on migration and refugee issues in their respective regions.

Support for this event is provided by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. It is part of our Russian Studies & Policy event series.

Participants include: 

Jack Snyder (Columbia)

Daniel Naujoks (SIPA)

Andre Correa d’Almeida (SIPA)

Saskia Sassen (Columbia) 

Irina Ivakhnyuk (Global Migration Policy Associates)

Carolyn Horn (Senior Advisor to Dr. Agnes Callamard)

Clara Long (Human Rights Watch)

Neil Boothby (Mailman School of Public Health) 

Irina Kuznetsova (University of Birmingham) 

Alexander Cooley (Harriman Institute) 

Edward Lemon (Harriman Institute) 

Nancy Hiemstra (Stony Brook) 

Ariane Chebel d’Appollonia (Rutgers) 

Emil Nasritdinov (American University of Central Asia) 

Els de Graauw (Baruch College) 

Andrei Korobkov (Middle Tennessee University)