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New Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration

December 6, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EST




The Global Human Development Program invites you to join us for a lively discussion of “New Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration: Will they be adopted? Will they make a difference?” with Professor Katharine Donato and Professor Elizabeth Ferris on Thursday, December 6th from 3:00 – 4:30 pm in McGhee Library.

The member states of the United Nations have been negotiating two new global compacts – one on refugees and one on safe, orderly and regular migration — which are due to be adopted in mid-December 2018. Given the current anti-immigrant political climate, it has been a tough process and the eventual outcomes are still uncertain. Professors Donato and Ferris are presently writing a book on what these global compacts mean for the future of global governance, multilateralism, and the millions of migrants and refugees in the world.

Dr. Katharine Donato holds the Donald G. Herzberg Chair in International Migration and is Director of the Institute for the Study of International Migration in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Prior to joining the Georgetown faculty, she was on the faculty of Vanderbilt and Rice Universities. She has examined many research questions related to migration, including the economic consequences of U.S. immigration policy; health effects of Mexico-U.S. migration; immigrant parent involvement in schools in New York, Chicago, and Nashville; deportation and its effects for immigrants; the great recession and its consequences for Mexican workers; and gender and migration. Her recent book is Gender and International Migration: From Slavery to Present, published by the Russell Sage Foundation (with Donna Gabaccia at the University of Toronto).

Dr. Elizabeth Ferris is an ISIM Research Professor at Georgetown and a non-resident senior fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution. She joined ISIM in Fall 2015 after serving for 9 years as a Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the Brookings Project on Internal Displacement and as an adjunct professor in Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. She served as the interim director of ISIM for the 2017-2018 academic year while Dr. Katharine Donato was on sabbatical. Prior to joining Brookings in November 2006, Elizabeth spent 20 years working in the field of international humanitarian response, most recently in Geneva, Switzerland at the World Council of Churches. She has also served as Chair of the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA), as Research Director for the Life & Peace Institute in Uppsala, Sweden, as Director of the Church World Service Immigration and Refugee Program in New York. She has been a professor at several U.S. universities and served as a Fulbright professor to the Universidad Autónoma de México in Mexico City. She has written or edited six books and many articles on humanitarian and human rights issues which have been published in both academic and policy journals.


December 6, 2018
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


McGhee Library


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