2016 Center for Global Studies annual conference

The 2016 Center for Global Studies annual conference—The Crossroads Summit—brought together top minds from policymaking, civil society, academia, and the private sector to discuss the most pressing issues related to global migration. The summit was inspired by the preparation of a new book on global migration demography and governance, entitled Crossroads: Comparative Migration Regimes in a World of Demographic Change by Professor Justin Gest (George Mason University) and Professor Anna Boucher (University of Sydney). Speakers included the outgoing UN Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees, Alex Aleinikoff, who outlined ways to improve the world refugee protection system; Eva Millona, the Co-Chair of the National Partnership for New Americans, who discussed grassroots strategies for strengthening migrants rights and integration; Demetri Papademetriou, Founder and President Emeritus of the Migration Policy Institute, who discussed the European Union’s response to influxes of asylum seekers; and Nisha Agarwal, the Commissioner for the New York City’s Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Affairs, who discussed how to facilitate unity in diverse environments. The Summit also attracted researchers from Dartmouth University, Georgetown University, and the University of Sydney, along with many students among the audience. Co-sponsored by the German Marshall Fund, the Summit was a forum for new ideas and active debate, covering a wide range of issues at the level of both American cities and international diplomacy.


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